Four lightning strikes hit the electrical systems of Google Compute Engine data center in Ghislain, Belgium

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Some people have initially lost access to the files on the affected disks as a result. Just 0.000001% of disk space was permanently affected. Through various backup technologies, they were able to recover later the most part of  what was lost. Google apologized saying: “Google takes availability very seriously, and the durability of storage is our highest priority. We apologize to all our customers who were affected by this exceptional incident.” The Google Compute Engine (GCE) service allows Google’s clients to store data and run virtual computers in the cloud. A spokesman for data centre consultants Future-Tech, commented that while data centers were designed to withstand lightning strikes via a network of conductive lightning rods, it was not impossible for strikes to get through.

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