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What exactly is the meaning of the word outage?

Is that related with OS or database.
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It's a temporary (most often unexpected) suspension of operation / unavailability of Service.
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Technically, any loss of service is an outage.

Database goes down?  That's an outage.
Network go down even though the database and server are both up ?  As far as the user is concerned, that's an outage.
Server goes down ?  Yep, outage.

Outages can be unplanned (see above) or planned.  Say you have a monthly maintenance window for applying patches from Microsoft (for windows).

Depending on your agreements with your users you may have certain uptime SLA's (Service Level Agreements) to keep and perhaps a periodic scheduled downtime for maintenance is a part of those SLA's.
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SLA and outage make sense. Thanks.
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