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Why your business needs a high availability plan for its IT infrastructure

Jun. 02, 2023 IT Support for Business

Learn how to expertly prevent the interruption of business during minor downtimes


When it comes to business, interruption and downtime not only costs massive amounts of money, but also puts your reputation on the line. 

In addition to IT disaster recovery plans for unavoidable disasters, leading businesses are now implementing high availability plans to increase uptime during minor downtimes.

Continue reading to learn about high availability and why it’s essential for a successful, modern-day business. 


What is a high availability plan?

If IT infrastructure has high availability, that means it can continue functioning even if one part of it, like a server, stops working. It ensures that businesses can continuously function while the failed element of their infrastructure is being fixed, effectively minimizing costly downtime. 

High availability plans are designed by IT professionals to expertly implement high availability infrastructure within a business that delivers high-quality performance and minimal to zero downtime. 


What’s the difference between a high availability plan and a disaster recovery plan? 

While a disaster recovery plan is designed for situations in which you experience a total loss of access to your data, a high availability plan is designed to prevent the interruption of business during minor downtimes like a server crash.

Both types of plans are valuable for organizations seeking to improve business continuity, but they are not interchangeable terms. 


Learn more:
The seven essential elements of a disaster recovery plan


Why is high availability important? 

High availability is an essential element for businesses seeking to eliminate downtime and improve business continuity, which is important for avoiding unexpected financial losses. 

Although a high availability plan does not eliminate the need for disaster recovery protocols or prevent disaster from striking, it does show that your IT team has done everything humanly possible to keep your business up and running with a high level of service availability. High availability also means that there is no single point of failure in your infrastructure, which is a risky way to set up essential systems.

If your business is equipped with high availability, it also means that you can promise a better level of service to your clients or customers and you can better keep data secure by reducing the chances of loss or stolen data during downtime.  


How can high availability be implemented for a business? 

There are many ways that a business can achieve high availability such as implementing applications across multiple servers to maintain efficiency and implementing an automated backup system. 

However, the best way to implement high availability throughout your organization is to work with a managed IT services provider that will assess your unique business makeup and make recommendations for high availability infrastructure based on their niche expertise. 


How do I know if my business is equipped for disaster? 

Determine if your business is ready for disaster by asking your in-house or outsourced tech team the following questions:

Is our data access protected from:

  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Virus
  • Server Crash

Will we be affected if there is a:

  • Power Outage
  • Internet Outage
  • Phone Outage
  • Building problem that causes our team to work remotely

If you are unprotected from these situations, you will need to equip your business with a high availability plan and disaster recovery protocols before it is too late.


Ready to better equip your business from downtime? 

Our goal at NeverBlue IT is to provide our clients throughout Central Florida and Southeast Michigan with IT disaster recovery services and high availability plans that keep their businesses up and running no matter what the future holds.

We offer a variety of support services, including: 

  • Data Center Services
  • Backup Internet Service
  • Email Continuity Services
  • And more


Don’t wait until it’s too late!
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