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Power failure is responsible for 31% of computer system breakdowns

Over one third of companies take more than a day to recover from the disruption caused by a power failure. 10% take more than a week.

Out of 450 leading companies surveyed, each suffered an average of 9 power failures each year. (Source: Find FVP/Fortune 1000 companies)

90% of all companies that experience a computer disaster and don't have a survival plan go out of business within 18 months (Source: Price Waterhouse)

During the next five years, most enterprise data centres will spend as much on energy (power and cooling) as they do on hardware infrastructure.

Power and communication failures were the main cause of UK business disruptions in 2011.

Figures show that for the second year running, office disruptions such as power and communication failures were the main reason for invoking business continuity plans. The biggest single cause of business disruption was power failure, with the number of invocations being caused by this rising by 33 percent in 2011.

Commenting on the statistics, Keith Tilley, managing director UK&I and executive vice president Europe for SunGard Availability Services, said: "The lack of improvement in the prevention of communication disruptions and the significant rise of power failures a disproportionate 90 percent of them occurring in London supports the argument that organisations are still not addressing some aspects of business continuity seriously enough. 2012 will be a particularly difficult year for businesses as the Olympic Games will bring a huge influx of people into the capital. The resulting demand on the power grid and communication networks could have a potentially damaging impact across the UK, especially for those organisations that aren't prepared."

Source: SunGard Availability Services

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