OVH’s main data center fire highlights the importance of having a disaster recovery plan
The European cloud provider OVH is having to cope with a fire in your Strasbourg data center, which is affecting all companies that had some of their services hosted there, such as web pages.
The company does not have to regret personal injury but his first recommendation to customers was to execute their disaster recovery plan.
We have a major incident on SBG2. The fire declared in the building. Firefighters were immediately on the scene but could not control the fire in SBG2. The whole site has been isolated which impacts all services in SGB1-4. We recommend to activate your Disaster Recovery Plan.
— Octave Klaba (@olesovhcom) March 10, 2021
What is a Disaster Recovery Plan
Also known as Disaster Recovery, the objective of this plan is to have everything planned to protect a company from the possible effects of an unexpected event, such as this fire or a flood. Having a disaster recovery strategy can be key to a business being able to quickly maintain or resume mission critical functions after an outage.
Some OVH customers, for example, are complaining that they have lost all their equipment. It is the case of MundoPixelmon2, who have communicated that it will take months to recover everything lost, so users will not be able to access this world of Minecraft and play in it.
The host, where we had hosted the server and all our data, has caught fire and there has been nothing left that can be rescued for the moment.
– FrigoAdri✨ (@FrigoAdri) March 10, 2021
Such a disruption can put an organization’s operations at risk. The causes can be as varied as a cyber attack, power outages or natural disasters.. The goal of disaster recovery is to get a business operating as soon as possible.
The disaster recovery process must take planning and testing into account. On many occasions it involves having a backup or physical backup separate from the rest of the infrastructure to restore operations.
Basically, disaster recovery performs a replication of all the data and computer processing of an organization in another location (so that it is not affected by the same disaster). This way, if the servers go down lost data can be recovered from a second location, where the data is backed up.
Elements of a disaster recovery plan
Disaster recovery plans are very different depending on your organization, industry, or size.
However, in many of them there are common components, such as a list of key people and the team that will be in charge of putting it into operation, a description of the actions to be taken once the incident has occurred and instructions on how to get to the recovery site and how to activate it.
Activating these plans can prevent, such as airlines, having to cancel hundreds of operations for a company.
Among the benefits of having a Disaster Recovery Plan are, among others:
- Minimize interruptions to normal operations.
- Limit the scope of disruptions and damage.
- Minimize the economic impact of the outage.
- Establish in advance alternative means of operation.
- Provide fast and hassle-free restoration of service.
OVH has recognized that all companies that had some of the services hosted at the Strasbourg CPD will have been affected by this fire, which has destroyed one of the blocks of the data center.
Between the Spanish companies that have warned to its users that their services may be totally or partially affected are IM Digital Business, the Villareal Football Club or the page MIT Teach Reviews.
Also the video game company Rust has announced that has lost its European servers and that some data “is unrecoverable.”