Combating Downtime, Assuring Availability

Kevin Normandeau

October 10, 2011

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In the whitepaper, “Addressing the Leading Root Causes of Downtime” Emerson Network Power continues educating the data center professional on business critical continuity. Noted is the trend of decision makers to put limited resources toward consolidation and cost reduction over availability. This trend may be a gamble as a number of high-profile outages across a variety of industries proved to be more costly than investments that could have prevented them altogether.
A key finding from the independent study by the Ponemon Institute entitled, National Survey on Data Center Outages, is that “95 percent of companies have experienced an unplanned downtime event within the past two years.” This is an alarming statistic considering the nature of on-demand data needed from industries such as Financial and Healthcare. With compliance legislation and customer satisfaction effected, the cost to the enterprise could be substantial.

Polling over 450 data center professionals the Ponemon study also found the seven root causes of downtime from the technical (UPS / Circuit Breakers) to the environmental (Water / Heat/ CRAC).

Emerson has once again offered a compelling case by exploring each of these areas individually, offering best practices to combat their possibility, and explaining how data center assessment is the key to optimizing availability.

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