Since 1991, when the Internet was first made available to the public, it has brought everything closer to us right at our fingertips. As computers got faster, internet speeds increased and the rise of powerful smartphones and tablets, we are spending more time connected. With daily activities such as reading the news or email, shopping, staying connected through social networks or watching streaming video, all of these are made possible from data center uptime that can handle huge amount of user traffic and activity.
You might remember when Amazon’s data center went down, it also brought down sites like Reddit, GitHub, Pinterest, Foursquare, Airbnb, and Minecraft. When a data center goes down, there are costs. In 2012, when Amazon.com went down, it cost a loss of $1,104 of North America sales per second. And Google who has their own data center, when they went down for five minutes, the outage cost over $500,000. And if all the data centers in the world, how much would that cost? Check out the infographic to find out.
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