Businesses of All Sizes at Risk from UPS Failure and Associated Downtime

February 03, 2016

By Laura Stotler - Power Protection Contributing Editor

A single minute of data center downtime could break the bank, according to new research from the Ponemon Institute (News - Alert). The research firm recently revealed that the cost of an unplanned data center outage is nearly $9,000 per minute, up from $7,900 in 2013.

But as we all know, rarely does an outage last for only a minute. Ponemon found that the average cost of an outage is $740,357, up seven percent from 2013. Losses from downtime are even more significant, jumping 38 percent since the Institute’s first study, conducted in 2010. After interviewing 63 data centers, the firm found that downtime costs are approaching $2.5 million this year and are increasing rapidly. According to Ponemon, most outages are caused by UPS system failure, followed by cybercrime.

The statistics highlight just how much damage UPS failure can cause, and costs can quickly escalate. And while data centers clearly have the most at stake when it comes to unplanned outages, enterprises and even SMBs can expect significant hits as well. The risk for even small businesses experiencing a UPS failure is only going to grow as companies depend on more and more connected devices to stay competitive in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT also means that devices are increasingly distributed across a broad geographic range, requiring comprehensive but granular management. Ensuring that the proper types of UPS systems are in place along with appropriate power management is key to UPS success. Minuteman Power Systems, a specialist in UPS solutions and power management, just released a new line of remote power management products designed to address the needs of distributed businesses. The Minuteman RPM1521E includes individual outlet control as well as remote restart, monitoring and management of all connected devices. That type of functionality is not only valuable, but necessary as the number of connected devices multiplies, placing burdens on power consumption and management.

With millions of dollars in downtime at stake, data centers and business of all sizes can’t afford faulty UPS protection and management. Choosing the proper solution to meet the needs of a large number of devices will help mitigate disaster and the astronomical costs associated with outages and UPS failure.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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