In a world where we're all constantly scrabbling to charge our phones and laptops and reliant on data centres, a reliable power supply is essential. Unfortunately, the number of significant power outages in Australia and New Zealand almost doubled in 2013.
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Power management company Eaton's annual roundup of major outages identified 162 last year, up from 94 in 2012. The average duration of outages also rose from 105 minutes to 168 minutes.
Not all these outages could have been avoided, since many were caused by weather, as you can see in the chart below:
The key lessons for IT pros? Power is unpredictable. Make sure surge protectors are installed, and ensure backup strategies and alternate supplies are in place in data centres. And keep a spare phone battery charged.