For organizations in the always-open global economy, success means having constant access to enterprise data whenever it's needed. Unfortunately, critical business operations are often disrupted by breaks in the flow of the data. When calculating your organization’s data availability requirements there are several issues to consider. For example, if mission-critical database functions go offline, how long will it take to get things up and running? What are the business costs of these delays, and what steps can be taken to mitigate or eliminate delays in data availability?