What Enterprises Can Learn from the Super Bowl Blackout

Mercedes Benz SuperdomeSuper Bowl XLVII was a huge success as it received the highest TV ratings in Super Bowl history. However, this event didn’t go without a fault as New Orlean’s Mercedes Benz Superdome received a power outage during the beginning of the third quarter. For 34 minutes, the Superdome’s technicians worked frantically to get the lights back on. We can draw some parallels between the NFL incident and an outage occurring at your business:

NFL Blackout:

  • The NFL players were lounging around.
  • Football fans were getting restless waiting for the game to resume.

Business Outage:

  • Employees wouldn’t be able to work; their time you have to pay for.
  • Your customers getting frustrated; losing loyalty and confidence in your business.

Outages can occur at any time and the consequences of an outage occurring during peak hours can be significant. An article on Wired.com explains how the Super Bowl blackout could have been avoided if the NFL invested in back-up generators. What enterprises can learn from the Super Bowl blackout is to be proactive when it comes to outage prevention. Hosting your Microsoft Dynamics ERP system in the cloud and partnering with the right cloud service providers will guarentee system up-time. Taking a reactive approach can end up costing you big; just ask the NFL and Amazon.

At WatServ, we take security and outages very seriously. Our cloud computing architecture is built around redundancy in order to prevent outages. All WatServ data centers are constructed to the latest standards for data centers including redundant power supplies. Contact WatServ for more information about our services.

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