There have been many studies conducted and statistics gathered on the cost of data center outages. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute in December 2013 calculated the average cost of an outage incident at $626,418.
The takeaway for data center owners and operators is that downtime is expensive and is getting more so. That puts
an ever-higher premium on the reliability of every piece of equipment in the facility from the UPS to the cooling system to the servers themselves.
As the cost of data center failures continues to rise and control and monitoring capabilities like data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems advance, a new study looks at how much difference a DCIM system can make.
As technology has advanced, especially with regard to monitoring and control capabilities, data center operators have had an opportunity to reduce the risk of failures and significantly improve reliability of their facilities. This is particularly true
with regard to data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems as they replace the patchwork of power, energy storage and environmental controls that historically operated independently.
ABB recently undertook an in-depth study to answer that question using its Decathlon DCIM in a comparison with industry standard systems.
The results were compelling: They showed that the Decathlon system was three times as reliable as the state-of-the-art system. Projected downtime was approximately one third less with the Decathlon system, which is to be expected given that we are moving from three systems to one.