Top Web Hosting Disasters of 2016

In a world where your web host has been assigned to manage almost every data that matters to your Australia based business, work and identity, the picture is not always a reliable or even strongly buttressed one. Welcome to the world wide web hosting disaster scenario!

Working with data volume that is about to cross the zettabyte level within 2016, web hosting disasters, sounding almost a thing of past keeps on raising its ugly head time and again. 2016, unhappily has seen several of them in less than half of its span.

2016 and web hosting disasters in Australia: unpleasant run of events

  1. Things went haywire for 123 reg, a UK web hosting giant, when in April they admitted of mistakenly deleting hundreds of virtual servers. With over 3 million domain name registered under them and being the provider for over 1.7 million sites, this was nothing short of a nightmare. The error was manifest in getting customer virtual private servers (VPS) deleted, following a routine maintenance process that broke more than it maintained. The snag occurred when on a routine cleaning up procedure, a script was being run to indicate virtual server activity, which developed a glitch and started showing some VPS to be running without servers and in the process deleted whatever that was running on the parent hosting site. The failure has proved to be costly for all those customers whose VPS got affected by the glitch resulting in tremendous loss of data.
  1. The second fiasco has come up with Square Space which is technically the world leader in web hosting service provision. On April 20, anyone who tried to access Square Space’s homepage, received an error message conveying a ‘504 Gateway Timeout’. Although the issue was set to be resolved soon, yet an undisclosed number of people were affected by it that spelled downtime for their businesses as Square Space admitted to be following up with own team as well as external help. This in fact indicated the breadth of the problem created.
  2. On 11th of April, Google, who were beefing up their cloud storage project, faced a major challenge as for eighteen minutes, with a global cloud outage. In evening, Pacific Time, all incoming traffic through the search engine giant was erroneously routed. Result?! Drop in all connections with zero way to reconnect. Although Google accepted the full responsibility offering discounts for customers affected and taking necessary back up actions to prevent any such embarrassments in future, yet, there is no denying the fact that with everything going the cloud way, such drops are frightening.

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Preventing disasters: ways to learn and implement

Opting for disaster Recovery as Service (DR aaS) might be a fruitful option for all those looking for securing their data on hosting agencies. With even DR aaS finding itself in cloud storage system, one has the option of backing it up continually to prevent any future loss. Further, backing up on cloud gives one the possibility of sharing another data center so that one can restore back the servers, initialize it and run as the original.

Several companies offer these services and one needs to check along few points like, (a) server to cloud recovery (b) cloud to cloud recovery (c) test/sandbox features in them (d) Azure, Audit and Reporting features (e) Sharepoint, Oracle and Exchange services, in order to make the most efficient choice suiting one’s business needs. With these in place, atleast one is better equipped to deal with disasters if not totally eliminate them.