Factors of business success in a data-driven world

In many places, utilities are struggling with cost pressure, a mandate to decarbonise power sources, aging infrastructure, and increasing reliability issues. Growing data centers burden an already faltering power system even more. Silicon.de blogger Christian Kallenbach from Verne Global knows how forward-thinking CIOs can avoid the problem.

Do I pass the course or do I fall through? Believing the CIO of Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, evaluating various factors such as course performance or participation in course-based online forums, it is fairly predictable whether or not a student will pass his or her college seminary. So the theory of predictive analysis.

What does transferring to the performance of companies mean? What criteria would have to be included in the evaluation to make comparable predictions for business success in the data-driven world?

Server density, application security and network reliability would certainly be important issues on the list. Increasingly, the stability and reliability of the power grid and the availability of energy are becoming increasingly important. Is not it really the responsibility of an IT decision maker? CIOs who want to drive business innovation in a data-driven economy will soon realize – if they have not already – that the energy they need for their data centers will not grow as much as the amount of data they need to process.

The globally networked world is becoming increasingly data-intensive

Data analysis as a promising business driver – the trend is not without consequences: Approximately every two years, the data volume is expected to double. The data center plays an increasingly central role. Rapid access to critical information is becoming increasingly important. The data center can be equated with the “information factory” of the future. In this role, there is an urgent need for a continuous power supply – a power failure has a direct financial impact on businesses. Eaton’s “Blackout Tracker” documented a total of 711 power outages in the entire DACH region in 2014, with a total duration of 61,259 minutes. According to a recent survey of 63 data center operators who reported a failure within the last 12 months, The average cost of a data center failure is now over 650,000 euros. This represents an increase of seven percent over 2013 and 38 percent over 2010. Ultimately, it is no longer just about unpleasant incidents that can be noted with a shrug, but serious financial losses in the millions or billions.

Consideration of the power grid profile of a data center site

There is a direct correlation between the increase in data center power requirements and the decreasing capacity of power grids and infrastructures to support data center growth. In many places, utilities are struggling with cost pressure, a mandate to decarbonise power sources, aging infrastructure, and increasing reliability issues. Growing data centers burden an already faltering power system even more. So the question is not just “will there be enough energy?”, But “will it be there when my data center needs it?”

What does that mean for you as a forward-looking CIO? An assessment of the power grid for each site where you have data center resources provides initial information. Although the care contract may not be your primary responsibility, all the CIO’s responsibility – including the business continuity of the organization – depends heavily on the power infrastructure. Second, find out about the potential costs of downtime associated with applications in these data centers in the event of a power outage. How do these affect your business in terms of operational costs and lost potential profits? Lastly, evaluate the applications running at each of your locations. Although some applications place high demands on the computing power, but only low demands on latency and resilience. Applications such as data analytics, high performance computing (HPC), and scientific computing operations could shift to a location with a more stable power grid to minimize your overall risk from a vulnerable or compromised network.

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