Cost of downtime up, frequency down since 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released its “2013 State of the Data Center” infographic illustrating the increasing criticality of data centers and severe consequences of data center outages.
The infographic shows how businesses rely on data centers more than ever and are increasingly aware of the risks and costs of downtime. Those costs are going up — 33 percent since the release of Emerson’s “2011 State of the Data Center” infographic — and businesses are taking steps to avoid those costs. Complete outages are down 20 percent over the same period.
“The data reflects what we hear every day from our customers and partners, and that’s a growing reliance on the data center as an indispensable business asset,” said Scott Barbour, executive vice president, Emerson, and business leader of Emerson Network Power. “They are investing in their IT systems and infrastructures because the cost of downtime is becoming more and more prohibitive. The facts presented in the infographic confirm the relentless expansion of our society’s electronic dependence and the increasing importance of data centers.”
The infographic also shows increasing reliance on data centers in areas that were traditionally offline pursuits and consumers’ high expectations of speed and performance.
Some of the facts explored in the infographic:
What’s driving electronic dependence?
The transition to “e” is accelerating. For example, books and photos are increasingly electronic. 172 million e-readers are expected to be sold in 2013 — nearly six times the number of e-readers sold in 2011. More than 40 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day.
Is downtime really such a big deal?
The short answer: Yes. The average cost of a complete data center outage is $901,560, and businesses average one complete outage every year. That’s a big deal, and not surprising in light of the fact that global e-commerce spending topped $1.25 trillion this year. That’s larger than the gross domestic product of Mexico.
To view the full infographic, visit the Emerson Network Power newsroom. For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.