There was a huge thunderstorm in Belgium on Thursday, August 13; to most businesses outside of the country, there’s virtually no reason to care one bit about it.
Except that this thunderstorm included lightning. And in Belgium one of Google’s major data centers is located. And when that lightning started to aim for the ground, it ended up hitting Google’s data center. Not just once or twice, butfour times.
The incident resulted in data loss; as reported by TIME recently, Google stated that around .000001% of its total disk space was lost after the facility’s power went out and there were glitches in the processes for reading/writing data.
Luckily for Google, and for the millions of individuals and businesses using Google services regularly, the company creates copies of each piece of data and stores it in multiple locations in order to make sure that data isn’t lost permanently, even when a storage center is damaged.
So why exactly does any of this matter to independent businesses that weren’t affected by the situation at all? Actually, there are a few important lessons to take away from what happened:
- First, the event highlights that no business — not even the all-powerful Google — is exempt from security risks. As hybrid IT services continue to expand, and data warehousing software moves more into the cloud, it’s important to realize that security is very important.
- It also shows that not all security risks are going to be digital — sometimes Mother Nature has to intervene, too. This is actually one of the reasons why using cloud computing programs is a good idea when you’re focusing on secure data warehousing, because using the cloud will allow you to store multiple copies in multiple remote locations.
- Finally, the sheer amount of press that this event acquired is proof that as data warehousing becomes more popular, the risk of losing this data is becoming a huge industry-wide fear. Businesses want to know that their data won’t be lost, and customers want to know that their personal information is secure.
All in all, it’s important to realize that the market for storing data is only going to get bigger; about 93% of businesses see the value in cloud-based data warehousing (although only 32% are actually using it now), 70% plan on increasing funding for their data warehouse endeavors, and over half of all businesses currently used cloud based services for data and analytics.
As the industry of data storage continues to grow, the need for security solutions will grow, too. Hopefully — if all goes well — we can learn from Google’s preparedness and make sure all data is safer in the future.