Data centre downtime can potentially cost millions in lost revenue and compensation; it can even threaten the livelihood of a business by causing irreparable damage to its reputation. The Data Centre Risk Index assesses various macro level risks – physical, economic and social, that could cause a threat to service continuity and uptime.
Last year, 2011, the world endured a series of devastating natural disaters which have caused record economic losses. We have seen the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, severe flooding in Thailand, typhoons in the Philippines and storms wreaking havoc in the US. It was also the year of the Arab Spring, the repercussions of which are still echoing through the Middle East. The ongoing global economic crisis and the fragile state of some of the economies burdened with debt is causing political instability.
These clearly have significant effects on business. Other factors however such as high energy costs, poor international internet bandwidth and protectionist legislation are also risks that need to be taken into account.
Although the Data Centre Risk Index demonstrates that some countries provide a better overall environment for data centres, commercial considerations are typically a key driver, the need to be in a particular territory will often take precedence over the risks highlighted by the Index. By definition, the Data Centre Risk Index allows business decision makers to anticipate the risks and put in place appropriate measures to mitigate and manage accordingly.
The Index is a unique tool, bringing together all the risks and weighting them to create a balanced and comprehensive risk assessment methodology. All of the information used is sourced from reputable third party sources.
Source : Cushman & Wakefield