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Data centre risk index 2013

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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. 

2012 will be remembered, in the US in particular, as the year of Hurricane Sandy. New York and New Jersey saw the worst of the conditions in the US and the cost of damage reached over US$75 billion making it the second-costliest hurricane in US history. Large parts of the East Coast were without power for over a week and as a result many data centres were rendered completely offline as their support infrastructure was also compromised.

Although the Data Centre Risk Index clearly 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 our information is sourced from reputable and published third party sources.

Source : Cushman & Wakefield

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