Eaton Release Report on Blackouts

According to Eaton Corp.’s 2014 Annual Tracker Report report, there were 3,634 reported outages in 20914 - an increase of about 12% from the 3,236 outages reported in 2013. The report proves outages are still a major problem for data center and IT managers across the country. Also included in the report are “top” outages lists, including the most significant reported outages, as well as data center outages.

While exact figures may vary, Eaton says when it comes to assessing the cost of data center power outages, consider the following findings from a recent Ponemon Institute study of 41 data centers:

  • $11,000 - The price tag for 1 minute of downtime for an enterprise whose data center is core to the business, such as an e-commerce company.
  • $1,000,000 -  The average cost of a typical 90-minute data center power outage.
  • 95% - Percentage of respondents who said they experienced one or more unplanned outages in the past 24 months.

“The Blackout Tracker Annual Report underscores the importance of having a comprehensive power protection plan, illustrating the scope of power outages across the country and the damaging impact they can have on businesses,” said Mike DeCamp, senior marketing communications manager, Eaton’s Power Quality Division. “Power outages cost the U.S. economy $150 billion in damages annually, so it’s important for businesses and other facilities to consider the right power backup solutions to avoid costly downtime.” 

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