How does the power crisis problem affect data management in the Dominican Republic

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Title: How does the power crisis problem affect data management in the Dominican Republic
Author: Vélez Díaz, José Raúl
Abstract: In the last decade, the Dominican Republic has been affected by a power crisis nation wide. In 2008, the crisis reached a deficit of 40% in the generation of power; and the problem seems to go on as no agreement is executed to solve it. The problem is originated from the lack of efficiency of many generators, and debts with the generators companies. An important aspect of the power crisis is the challenge to provide power quality to electronic equipment. Data management can be affected by this problem whenever there is data corruption or lost, and devices are damaged. Data availability is extremely important for a business to maintain operational and competitive. This study shows the reality of middle size enterprises in our country, which are on the need to implement solutions in order to protect their infrastructure. This investigation was performed by interviewing a set of enterprises, and analyzing how business is affected, the level of awareness for power problems, and the solutions commonly used to protect the assets. The results presented that mostly all interviewed enterprises try to invest in power protection and correction mechanisms, much of the time sacrificing investment for business growth. Even devoting a generous part of enterprise budgets to confront the power crisis businesses are not 100% free from the consequence of the power crisis. As seen in the results, many businesses do not count with effective disaster recovery plans, nor business continuity plans. Frequent power problems observed are blackouts, overvoltage, and voltage fluctuations.
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Date: 2010

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