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So it’s the final day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2021: what have we learnt this year? Undoubtedly, BCAW 2021 has been dominated by high-profile ransomware events, with a combination of: Continued fallout from the DarkSide attack on Colonial Pipeline earlier in the month; Ongoing disruption to the Irish Health Service following an attack [...]

The most recent annual “Causes and Impacts of Data Centre Outages” report by the Uptime Institute gives a fascinating snapshot of the industry.  Key findings include: The frequency of data centre outages continues to be a source of concern for both customers and operators: Power issues remain the most common cause of disruption but constitute [...]

How Safe are Data Centres?

Yesterday morning, millions of websites were off-line as fire raged through a data centre in Strasbourg.  OVH is the fourth largest web-hosting provider in Europe (after AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud), and operates four data centres on the Strasbourg site.  One 500m2 data centre was destroyed and another was damaged in the blaze; the [...]

Major Outage at hostinguk

Web hosting firm hostinguk suffered a major outage at their St Asaph data centre.  Despite having “diverse fibre paths” to the site, the connection to the site was lost just before 9pm last night.  For many customers, the shock of finding that their website was down was compounded by the fact that they couldn’t contact [...]

BA in the News Again (Twice)

Last week attention was drawn once again to BA’s major IT outage back in May, which left tens of thousands of passengers stranded; when their owner, IAG, announced its half-year results.  There were various predictions of the cost of the disruption around the £100m mark at the time of the incident, but IAG announced that [...]

Significant disruption continues at Glasgow City Council, after a faulty air conditioning unit in the council’s data centre set off its fire suppressant system on Tuesday morning, causing damage to multiple servers.  Initially phone services were affected too, but according to a statement on the council’s website yesterday “The council switchboard is now operational again”; however “Emails [...]

The Register has been reporting the outage at a major London data centre.  The Telecity outage has impacted a range of VoIP firms’ services, Amazon and its Direct Connect service.  The Register reports that ‘both primary and backup power supplies went down, potentially affecting thousands of customers’, this despite Telecity claiming to provide ‘Infrastructure you [...]

In the early hours of Friday morning, millions of users were unable to access Microsoft on-line services because of  a major service failure.  Perhaps the most serious issue was the loss of Office 365 – Microsoft’s cloud-based applications suite.  Following the previous disruptions at Amazon and Google, the incident is causing people to question whether [...]