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High Availability 9's

This is very important to understand what is high availability 9′s, This is a measurement of high availability  where you can tell how much downtime is feasible for your organization for a Year(annually).

the calculation is as follows

=Total Hours in a Year-(Total Hours in a Year* # of 9′s)/100

where Total Hours in a Year =365(days)*24 Hours =8760 Hours

so in this way if you have 2 -9′s ie. 99% the down time duration could be.


=87.6 hours

=3 Days and 15 Hours

simillarly if you have 3 – 9′s means 99.9%


=8.76 hours (8 hours and 45minutes)

and so on.

# of 9′s % Hours of downtime
2 99 87.6
3 99.9 8.76
4 99.99 0.876
5 99.999 0.0876


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