Outages at data centers are now less troublesome, yet they are also costing more

Outages at data centers are now less troublesome, yet they are also costing more ...

Outages from data centers can cause havoc in businesses, but they may at least become less common, according to a research conducted by the Uptime Institute.

60% of data center operators they interviewed stated they had an outage in the last three years, down from 69 percent in 2021 and 78 percent in 2020.

Outages in the "serious or severe" categories decreased to 14% in 2022, or to one in six among those who had an outage in the past three years.

What else has changed?

However, it''s not all sunshine and rainbows in the data center world, as these outages become somewhat more costly, according to the findings.

A quarter of the respondents to the Uptime Institute claimed the outage had cost more than $1 million in both direct and indirect expenses, a significant increase from 2021.

A further 45% of respondents said their most recent outage cost between $100,000 and $1 million, implying that over two-thirds of all outages cost more than $100,000.

Why is the cost of outages increasing?

The increase was attributed to a variety of factors, including inflation, fines, service level agreements, and the cost of labor, call-outs, and replacement parts.

The biggest reason for the rise is the increased dependability of corporate economic activity on business cloud storage, as the loss of a critical IT service "often leads directly and immediately into decreased business and loss of revenue."

According to on-site power problems, the single largest cause of significant site outages is still by a large margin, accounting for 44% of all outages.

This is well above the second most common causes of outages, including IT systems and cooling, which accounts for both 13.6%.