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Data Outage Hits Dropbox Users

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Dropbox logoOn the evening of Friday 10th January 2014, Dropbox engineers accidentally deployed a software upgrade to their active data servers, bringing down Dropbox completely. While the service was partially restored within three hours, some users were still experiencing issues more than 24 hours after the initial outage. Dropbox has issued an apology and reassured users that their data is safe following the significant service outage over the weekend.

Following a high profile password hijacking incident in 2012, Dropbox was swift to try and quell anxieties that Friday’s outage had been from a data violation or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Instead a software bug was to blame and a Dropbox spokesman explained that despite running two copy “slave” machines, the bug resulted in many master machines as well as their slaves going down concurrently, producing a loss of service.

In addition, the company has developed applications to speed up the recovery of substantial MySQL copies, a tool Dropbox said would be published into the open source community so others could profit.

Dropbox had learned from this weekend’s troubles and had taken steps to ensure the bug wouldn’t be replicated. These measures contain an added level of tests that require machines to locally check their state before running incoming commands, which gives machines the right to reject orders when they would create a “harmful” consequence.

As the marketplace for affordable cloud storage grows, the outage once again emphasised the value for cloud storage companies to keep data reachable constantly so that customer belief can be preserved. The outage also demonstrated the brittle nature of cloud storage.

NAS and Other Ways to Store Your Data

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Computers sending data to serversYou can get this storage device via your PC and include all your essential data you wish to keep secure. The one difference is that it doesn’t connect to the PC to achieve success. In addition, it has the capability to include your data automatically on a routine schedule, by doing this you don’t neglect to include a specific piece of data that may be quite significant. Additionally you have access to your own storage device online.

There are lots of methods to save your data online. This is a good idea, particularly if you need to share data across a variety of PC’s and Mac’s. You see these mainly in business scenarios. Some of those on-line drives are accessed by means of your browser, including Google Drive, while some may be attached to your own PC just like another drive, including Dropbox. Whichever approach you pick, a alternative may be excellent because no matter what happens, this data won’t be deleted, although your home burns to the earth.

Time Machine is Macs variation of the storage application already on your personal computer. You too can restore data from a specific stage previously.

Some of those kinds of hard drives have a web interface too, in order to get your files from everywhere, because they’re saved online too as in your hard drive.

Memory sticks are ideal for carrying around small bits of data which are quite important to you. For instance, for those who own a demo which you spent 16 hours making, you’ll need to save it in more than one area along with a memory stick is a fantastic method to do that. They’re generally not large enough for most of you data, just what’s significant at that instant.

If you need to include more files of data, you’ve got to reburn the whole CD or DVD. In Addition, backing up your own data in this manner can be challenging and time intensive.

Windows has two integrated applications to back-up your own data. All these are Backup and System Restore. System Restore is automatic and it is meant to save your PC in case of a calamity failure or disease. Backup is run manually and will establish a Wizard to assist you through the procedure and ensure you receive all of your information saved.