BCAW Day 5 – What Have we Learnt?

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 […]

BCAW Day 2 – Data Centre Outages Still a Concern

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 […]