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December 10, 2013

2013 State of the Data Centre

Businesses rely on data centres more than ever.

By Cbr Rolling Blog

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a specialist in maximising availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, has put together this neat infographic illustrating the increasing criticality of data centres and severe consequences of data centre outages.

It shows how businesses rely on data centres more than ever and are increasingly aware of the risks and costs of downtime.

Those costs are going up – 33% since the release of Emerson’s "2011 State of the Data Centre" infographic – and businesses are taking steps to avoid those costs. Complete outages are down 20% over the same period.

Scott Barbour, executive VP, Emerson, and business leader of Emerson Network Power, said: "The data reflects what we hear every day from our customers and partners, and that’s a growing reliance on the data centre as an indispensable business asset.

"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 centres."

The infographic also shows increasing reliance on data centres in areas that were traditionally offline pursuits and consumers’ high expectations of speed and performance.

Some of the facts explored in the infographic:

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The short answer: Yes. The average cost of a complete data centre 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.

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