A recent report published by IDC and sponsored by AppDynamics reveals the actual costs associated with network downtime and infrastructure failure. The results are pretty compelling. For a Fortune 1000 company:
- The average cost of a critical application is between $500k and $1 million per hour
- The average cost of an infrastructure failure is $100k per hour
- The average annual total cost of unplanned downtime is between $1.25 billion and $2.5 billion
Obviously these numbers will vary depending on the size of the organization, but regardless, they’re pretty eye opening.
The survey also provided some valuable insight into adoption of DevOps tools. As it turns out, nearly half (43 percent) of respondents said they were already employing DevOps while 40 percent have a plan in place to do so in the near future. Yet, despite these relatively positive numbers, the survey also revealed some of the common obstacles to DevOps adoption, and they’re nothing we haven’t seen time and time again.
- 7% Cultural inhibitors
- 3% Fragmented processes
- 7% Lack of executive support
Another intriguing trend the study uncovered references organizations that try to use their existing tool sets to create a make-shift DevOps environment. For these companies, there is a pretty hefty fail rate (somewhere around 80 percent), making it abundantly clear that in order to be successful in adopting DevOps, the appropriate tools and applications are needed. For those organizations doing the right thing (or those that intend to), the biggest initiatives driving those decisions include:
- IT process automation 60%
- Continuous delivery 50%
- Continuous integration 43.3%
- Automated testing 43.3%
- Application monitoring/management 43.3%
For us, the key takeaways of this report both lead back to the fact that intelligent automation is becoming a mainstream component of IT departments across the board. Not only does it provide a solution to reducing network downtime and thereby mitigating the astronomical costs associated with that downtime, but it’s also the major driving force behind successful DevOps adoption and implementation.
Regardless of whether your company runs the risk of losses as big as those projected above, or you’re (thankfully) on a much smaller scale, outages can and will impact your bottom line. Implementing the right tools, including intelligent automation can help lower this risk significantly. It will also facilitate a more efficient, productive and streamlined DevOps environment in which all parts work together in tandem for the greater good of the organization.
As always, we recommend taking any survey numbers (even those from reputable sources such as this) with a certain grain of salt. We also recommend arming yourself with the one weapon that can combat both issues discussed here: intelligent automation. You can experience it for yourself today by clicking here. Don’t end up on the wrong end of the statistics. Start automating today.