Britain’s Power Crisis Could Be Disastrous For Data Storage

Power Cuts

Energy providers have warned of the potential for power cuts next winter if Britain’s energy demands continue to grow at current rates. Power cuts could have a disastrous impact on data security, resulting in a loss of business for those unable to access their data as data storage bases go offline.

Most of the British population cannot imagine life without power and electricity. With power cuts typically associated with the developing world, this is not something the British public and businesses are accustomed too. The impact power cuts could have on data storage is very concerning, with a significant number of data centres based in the UK reliant on electricity to provide a service.

A recent Panorama programme focused on the energy debate in Britain, with npower boss Paul Massara pointing out that Britain’s spare energy reserves at the peak time this winter will be 5%, down from 15% last year. Massara warned if our energy demands continue to rise at this rate, we could see power cuts in Britain as early as next year.

Price freezes and other policy ideas that draw away potential investment and funds from the energy sector will further exacerbate the issue. Britain will need to see significant growth in the energy sector in order to avoid power cuts in the near future.

The impact of power cuts on data storage security could be disastrous. Companies will be left unable to access critical files, resulting in significant loss of business and reputational damage.

Technology and data storage is becoming an increasingly important part of Britain’s businesses, with more and more companies reliant these in order to operate.

The threat power cuts pose to Britain’s economy therefore must be considered. British businesses will be making less money because of blockages to their data, meaning growth will severely slow. As the Government continue to reiterate, business growth is essential to Britain’s economic recovery.

The Government has also highlighted technology as a key growth area in Britain, with David Cameron stating his determination to ensure ideal conditions for tech growth. Without sufficient ability to access key data, this growth will be flattened.

Power cuts in Britain could also force international companies who use storage providers in Britain to rethink their choice of location to store their data, resulting in a significant loss of business for the UK, consequentially gifting business and growth to our international competitors.

The threat posed to data security by power cuts is significant, and needs to be resolved imminently as it could severely impact our economy. Data storage is essential to almost all businesses as we become more and more reliant on technology and it must be secured. If Britain’s power issues are not addressed, we will not only see the lights going out, but our economic prospects will ‘flash’ out as well.

Peter Skelton

Peter Skelton is Managing Director of Netcetera, a Managed Hosting and Datacentre Provider based on the Isle of Man. Formed in 1996, Netcetera is one of Europe's leading Web Hosting service providers, with customers in over 75 countries worldwide.