Good reliable servers are backbone of any company. Server issues are administrators’ worst nightmare. Have you ever wondered what would happen if every server in your company were suddenly shut down?

  • Would all work suddenly grind to a stop?
  • Would company executives start jumping out the windows?
  • Would the earth open up, releasing the demons of the underworld?

Those of us who’ve been (un)fortunate enough to witness an unplanned downtime incident at a large company will note that the above scenario isn’t that far from reality.

Although floor staff might enjoy the surprise break, the story is quite different for management. In a typical organization with 50 employees and annual revenue of $20 million, every hour of downtime can easily cost $10,000 or more. And if you consider an average restore time of 5 to 10 hours, these costs can add up very quickly.

Data protection company Storagepipe Solutions has created a downtime simulator that allows you to see in real time how such an event would affect your company.

All you need to get started is the total number of employees, and a rough guess as to annual revenue. You can also try this on other multinational corporations, using publicly available information.

See it in action here: –