Data Server Downtime Costs Average of $500K

Data Server Downtime Costs Average of $500K

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In a study earlier this year from the Ponemon Institute (www.ponemon.org), they highlighted the enormous costs inherited when systems and networks go down.  IT equipment failure means big losses, not just in the revenue bottom line, but in the reputation of the business.  From the 41 data centers surveyed, an unplanned outage cost up to $11,000 a minute.  The average cost of an outage incident?  $505,502. Some companies were even set back seven-figure numbers.  

The expenditures analyzed were:
-detection costs
-containment costs
-recovery costs
-ex-post response costs
-equipment costs
-IT productivity costs
-user productivity loss
-3rd party costs

The most costly catalyst of these incidents was IT equipment failure. The key causes of data center outages were IT demands exceeding capacity, rising rack densities, data center efficiency, and the need for infrastructure management and control. Regarding the latter, effective monitoring and control directly influenced the other key factors and the presence of intelligent management abilities could have prevented many of the problems that arose.

Download the study here: tinyurl.com/7mxtess

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