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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