Google’s cloud infrastructure was brought down to earth by a lightning strike last week when a local power grid was struck by lightning not once but four times.
The huge amount of energy from lightning can be very damaging to IT equipment and these strikes knocked out some of the disks in servers in the Belgian data centre. Several Google customers are thought to have lost data.
This dramatic event shows that electronic data is vulnerable wherever it is and that being in the Cloud does not mean that you can forget about the safety of your data. It is possible to do a back up (or maybe even a ‘back-down’) of your Cloud data.
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