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Do you remember the infamous Amazon crash that occurred back in February 2017? When Amazon’s simple storage service (S3) mysteriously stopped working, it caused thousands of websites and apps to go offline. While some sites simply displayed broken links and images, others were completely unavailable. Some people even had trouble turning the lights in their homes on and off because the smartphone-controlled switches had been affected. And according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the crash cost companies in the S&P 500 index $150 million.
Considering the extent of damage caused, you would think that something horrible must have happened—maybe a virus or a natural disaster played a role in it? You would be wrong. Amazon later released a statement explaining that the crash had occurred due to a mere typo:
“The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team was debugging an issue causing the S3 billing system to progress more slowly than expected. At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended.”
As crazy as all of this sounds, the fact remains that IT disasters occur every day, albeit on a much smaller scale. And if you run a business, it’s imperative that you plan for them so as to minimize the potential impact on your operations. Here are six of the most common business disasters:
The common thread running through all of these business disasters is that they can result in significant downtime at your company. The longer that your team is unable to access the systems that they need to do their jobs, the more revenue your company will lose. And you can also expect your company’s reputation to take a hit, among both clients and vendors.
So, how do you avoid the downtime associated with these business disasters? You need to have a disaster recovery plan in place. Luckily, if you’re in Southeast Texas, you can turn to CITOC for assistance. We’re a trusted IT consulting firm that’s been serving local businesses since 1995, and we specialize in disaster recovery services. We’ll help you:
If you’re interested in partnering with us for disaster recovery services, contact CITOC today and request a complimentary consultation. We look forward to helping your company plan for the future.