Storms the cause of major power outages in 2010: Report

Queensland suffers from 29 outages last year

Storms wreaked havoc within the data centre market in 2010, according to a new report.

Released today, the Eaton Blackout Tracker report identified that three of the largest outages of 2010 were caused by storms.

“The biggest outage occurring in Perth, Western Australia when storm gusts and torrential rain cut power to 150,000 people,” Eaton said in a statement.

“A lightning strike in Darwin took second place honours when it cut power to 130,000 people for over ten hours, while the third most significant outage occurred when strong winds downed power lines and interrupted power for 100,000 people in Palm Beach, Queensland.”

Power outages were responsible for interruptions at three Australian and New Zealand data centres in 2010, with Centrelink in Canberra, IBM’s Newton Data Centre in Auckland, and Vocus in Victoria suffering from such blackouts.

Queensland suffered from the most outages with 29 in 2010, followed by Victoria and New South Wales who reported 17 each.

Eaton’s marketing manager, Michael Mallia, said the report shows that the IT industry should be prepared for such blackouts, where vital data could be lost.

“From the huge, far-reaching power failures brought on by coastal storms to the smaller, local disruptions which may have affected the people in only one neighbourhood, power outages caused problems for people and businesses across Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“This report underscores the importance of a power protection plan to every organisation.”

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