It’s 7 a.m. on a Saturday when a squirrel decides to chew through a cable outside your building.
Suddenly, power is disrupted, generators kick on, and a wave of unpredictable voltages ripple through your servers, routers and switches. Even if the resulting chaos doesn’t damage any hardware, simply getting all this interconnected hardware back in working order can take hours. And those hours can cost you dearly… even on a Saturday morning.
This kind of scenario is more common than you might realize, and something data centers are quite familiar with. For data centers with huge arrays of servers, storage and associated networking hardware, uptime is king. Even a short disruption can cost dearly. 2012 reports showed downtime cost on average $138,000/hour, and continues to grow each year. When you add hits in reputation, and potential lost business, that cost grows further.
Worldwide in 2012 an estimated $26.5 billion was lost due to data center downtime
Worldwide in 2012 an estimated $26.5 billion was lost due to data center downtime. In today’s interconnected and digitized world, even standard office buildings are looking a lot more like data centers. Every person and every system depends on a functioning network. Look around your office – what would happen if that network was disrupted for an hour? A day? In addition, modern buildings themselves rely on complex systems to control every detail of the environment to save energy and monitor environmental conditions required for all kinds of essential business functions. Your building is like a giant computer. So, while you might not be responsible for a data center, you need to be just as prepared.
As buildings become smarter, the view of power and energy monitoring needs to evolve beyond just analyzing energy consumption to protecting critical equipment and ensuring uptime. Often there is little you can do about acts of nature, but you can control how your system identifies and responds to them. Responding to a crisis even a few seconds earlier can be critical – it can be the difference between a controlled shutdown and an uncontrolled crash.
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