Mother Nature teaches Google a lesson

Four successive lightning strikes on a local utility grid in Europe caused a data loss at Google’s Belgium data center. For Google, a company with a self-described “appetite for accuracy” in its data center operations, admitting an unrecoverable data loss as small as 0.000001% — as it did — likely came with a little bit of pain.

The lightning strikes occurred Aug. 13 and the resulting storage system problems weren’t fully resolved for five days. Google’s post mortem found room for improvement in both hardware upgrades and in the engineering response to the problem.

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Author: Celia Graham

Celia Graham is a Canadian technology journalist who has written for many news outlets. she has covered the web hosting and cloud computing industry. She also has a roving brief to write about Startups, Venture Capital, technology trends and emerging markets.