We all know that technology is not 100% reliable… accidents will happen, and hindsight is a wonderful thing. Major datacentre incidents are rare and the recent fire at the OVH datacentre in Strasbourg puts into sharp focus the need to protect data with considered backup and recovery planning. It is so much easier to prepare for an incident than to react impulsively.
Some OVH customers have lost data that can’t be recovered, and it’s been suggested that some ‘didn’t understand exactly what they bought’. The consequences of data-loss on this scale can be catastrophic for any organisation. That well-worn phrase, ‘If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail…’ is wholly appropriate in this case.
We believe in working closely with our customers, taking time to explain the benefits our hosting service offers. All of our customers have robust security, multi-site backups and disaster recovery measures in place as standard. It is a shared responsibility. Ultimately you are responsible for making decisions for your own business but as hosting experts we see it as our responsibility to provide an industry-leading service and to do everything we can to protect our customers from potential data-loss. It is about responsible Cloud-hosting and for us there is no other way.
We can talk about replicating, mitigating, failovers and more (and we do in private…) but in plain English you need to know that there is a plan in place to protect your company. With Anywhere you can be sure that your data is hosted in the UK. You can be sure that backups and disaster recovery solutions are in place. We do not expect disasters but nor are we complacent about the possibilities and the potential impact on a business. We don’t suggest you protect your organisation… we do it. Hosting solutions are never going to be a one-size-fits-all proposition. It is important to seek out advice from industry experts and choose the right hosting partner for your company. The Strasbourg incident is a perfect illustration of how quickly things can go badly wrong, but it will serve to improve standards across the industry. With some planning… and a responsible hosting provider, your data will be safe. Talk to us about the hosting alternatives that are available to you. Protecting your data is protecting the future of your organisation.