New report finds shocking increase in and cost of data center outages


According to a study conducted by Uptime Institute, global data center outages have increased by 6% since 2017.

  • Power failures have been the primary cause of the outages and the cost per outage has risen by 50% from 2010 to 2016
  • The cost of unplanned outages has risen to of $8,851 per minute
  • 33% of the survey participants experienced outages due to power failures
  • Respondents who experienced IT downtime increased from 25% in 2017 to 31% in 2018
  • The average duration of an outage ranged between 95 and 97 minutes
  • The US recorded 3,526 outages which impacted 36.7 million people in 2017

The study also finds that:

• Data center power efficiency has improved
• 50% of the respondents experienced at least one outage over the past three years

“Power outages are an inconvenience for consumers, but they can be catastrophic in the mission-critical sector, wreaking havoc on the likes of data centers, hospitals and transportation systems,” said Dale Hobbie, CEO of Silent Partner Group of Companies.