Latest benchmark study from Emerson and Ponemon Institute finds price of downtime continues to climb; average outage cost rose 38 percent in five years
Columbus, Ohio (January 19, 2016) – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, in conjunction with the Ponemon Institute, today released the 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages report that estimates the full costs associated with unplanned outages at data centers. Emerson and the Ponemon Institute polled 63 data center organizations in the U.S. that had experienced an outage in the past 12 months.
The two organizations co-released the original Cost of Data Center Outages study, the first independently conducted research on the cost and causes of data center downtime, in 2010. It was updated in 2013 and again this year. Key findings from the new report include:
“The complexity of today’s data centers continues to create challenges for organizations as they architect and manage their IT infrastructure to reduce costly interruptions,” said Steve Hassell, president of data center solutions for Emerson Network Power. “Our goal with the Ponemon Institute research is to provide industry benchmarks and insight that help organizations make smart business decisions to mitigate costly failures.”
The Ponemon Institute is recognized in the information technology industry for its independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy.
This is the first in a series of five research reports from the two organizations that will create industry benchmarks and provide insight into the key challenges and decision points organizations face as they construct an IT infrastructure to support internal users, partners, suppliers and customers in the digital age.
“Emerson laid out a bold challenge to create benchmarks that would better capture the myriad of challenges data center developers and managers face as they support their organizations’ digital transformations,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute.
To download this report and future studies as they become available and view additional supporting content, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower/Benchmarks.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more 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 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.