See also: Sayings | Uptime

Acronym for: Mean Time Between Failure

Over an extended period, there are is an average, or mean, uptime for a given system. The longer or higher the MTBF the better and the more reliable and robust a system is considered to be.

Organizations often use this term to describe their servers. If a system has a very low MTBF, it may be considered for replacement whereas a very high MTBF may be looked to as a baseline for new machines. To say “we’ve had good luck with this brand and bad luck with another” is usually concerning either that provider’s service or the MTBF metric.

Security software and operating systems often use this term when describing how it will benefit its user. Downtime very often means lost productivity, slipping deadlines, and customer dissatisfaction.

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