The potential costs to data centre operators of a power failure have been clearly illustrated by recent failures at two USA airlines. Reported in Data Center Knowledge, a leading online source of daily news and analysis about the data centre industry, the stories of two power outages are ample reason for data centres to be extra careful about who they chose to provide power back-up systems. YorPower have designed and installed backup generators and UPS systems at a number of data centres and are increasingly seen as the ‘go to’ company for quality, reliability and value for money.
The Delta Airlines data centre outage that grounded about 2,000 flights over the span of three days in August cost the company $150 million, the airline’s representatives told the audience of a transportation industry conference in Boston.
In addition to the financial cost there is damage to mission-critical data, equipment damage, impact on productivity, loss of confidence and trust, and impact on brand and reputation to be considered.
Delta is, however, something of a special case in which there are even greater costs. Delta, whose outage was caused by electrical-equipment failure, was obliged to issue refunds to customers whose flights were cancelled or significantly delayed. Considering the volume of flights that were cancelled after its five-hour data centre outage in Atlanta, the incident’s price tag isn’t as surprising.
Southwest, another US airline, experienced an outage in July which led it to cancel flights over three days. While it hasn’t disclosed the exact cost of the outage, CNN estimated it to have been at least $177 million in lost passenger revenue based on ratios Southwest did provide.
YorPower’s expertise in designing, building, installing and commissioning back-up power systems for data centres has been built up over several years. With successfully completed projects in many cities, several involving challenging installations, YorPower’s design and engineering teams have taken everything in their stride. Whether its street closures in central London to allow safe access for giant cranes or working in high security environments where any interruptions in power supply could have major implications, YorPower have done it.
Working with international banks, police forces, data centres and many others, YorPower offer the complete solution – we can even provide regular service and maintenance and 24/7 emergency call out facilities. Read a case study.