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> CDWG.com | 800.808.4239 65 IT breakdowns can be. e 2013 Cost of Data Center Outages study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, found that unplanned data center downtime costs approximately $7,600 per minute, a major increase from $5,600 in 2010. Total unplanned data center outages averaged a recovery time of 119 minutes, equating to about $901,600 in total costs. In addition, the research estimated that partial outages or those limited to certain racks averaged 56 minutes in length, and costs were approximately $350,400. Problems with power and cooling in spaces not built for IT resources pose serious challenges to uptime. For example, ranking high in the Ponemon Institute's list of root causes of downtime were uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery failures, UPS capacity overloads, UPS equipment failures and failures in power distribution units (PDUs) or circuit breakers. Power Requirements Problems may first surface when IT managers struggle to get enough power into these spaces to adequately run important equipment. For example, wiring closets and small rooms may be served by 20-amp wall outlets that are standard in commercial offices. But the power density of IT equipment may require retrofitting outlets to 30- or 60-amp services, says Graciano Beyhaut, senior product line manager for Eaton Transactional Power Products. "Enterprises may need to bring in a contractor to upsize the breaker and do some rewiring to get the proper outlet at the right frequency and power draw," he says. Cooling these tight, often unventilated spaces also requires close attention. "Some organizations haven't properly optimized the cooling design, which means these facilities run too hot and too humid," says Mutabdzija. "Also, we see messy solutions manager at APC by Schneider Electric. "Enterprises need to pay more attention to these sometimes forgotten spaces because they're often the main connections to the organization's users and to its data in the cloud." e irony is that these core services may relocate to a network closet or other small room that wasn't originally designed to house critical IT equipment. is fact often hits home when organizations encounter unscheduled downtime due to inadequate power and cooling capabilities. " Organizations can pack an enormous amount of computing resources into a small space. But when it comes to power and cooling these environments, it's definitely a case where one size does not fit all implementations," says Charles King, principal analyst at the consulting firm Pund-IT. Fortunately, downsized versions of proven technologies from traditional data centers can help IT managers provide proper levels of electricity and temperature management in these spaces to achieve high levels of performance and availability. e key is having a strategy geared for compact areas. Inside Perspective Emerson Network Power has a unique perspective on the small-space, distributed IT phenomenon. As a vendor of power and cooling technology, it helps customers design and outfit reliable IT closets and small rooms. In addition, the company recently underwent an internal data center consolidation project that takes advantage of smaller, distributed IT facilities. First, Emerson consolidated its email system, manufacturing management processes and hosted applications within a central data center. " en, each one of our divisions in essence began to phone home; they use a small IT closet as the conduit for information flowing to and from the central data center," says Peter Panfil, vice president of global power at Emerson Network Power. " is illustrates why we believe closets and small data rooms are actually gaining in importance. More frequently, they are becoming lifelines that connect enterprises to a centralized data center, hosted location or cloud facility." As a result, the days of seeing these rooms as a place to store some servers, network switches and routers next to the janitor's mops and brooms are long gone. "IT managers expect the same from their wiring closets or small data rooms as they do from their enterprise data centers," Panfil says. " ey want the resources to be efficient, to be protected and to meet expectations for high availability. After all, if the edge of the network isn't reliably available, it becomes a weak link." Recent research shows how costly SOURCE: 2013 Cost of Data Center Outages, Ponemon Institute, December 2013 PERCENTAGE OF UNPLANNED DATA CENTER OUTAGES THAT WERE DUE TO UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY UPS SYSTEM FAILURE 24%
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