poniedziałek, 23 marca 2009

nothing last forever - Carbonite loses customers' data

Carbonite - one of the biggest company providing online backup solution - lost data belonging to 7,500+ customers. You can say that it is only a percent of their clients (as you can see at their website they store about 2.5 billion files) , but in case of data recovery there should be no excuses. Believe me or not it never rains but it pours always take place in such situations as theft or drive failure. No I'm not a doomsayer, but in case of securing data, securing servers, securing yourserf from beeing attacked on the street you always have to try doing it best. But don't go wild - calculate the cost of the data and make not less than two seperate copies. 

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Dave Friend pisze...

I would like to make sure that your readers understand two points with regard to Carbonite’s lawsuit against Promise Technologies:

1) This event happened over a year ago. We do not say this to minimize the matter. But we do want to point out that this has not happened in a long time and is not an ongoing problem.
2) The total number of Carbonite customers who were unable to retrieve their data was 54, not 7,500.

Here is what happened: The Promise servers that we were purchasing in 2006 and 2007 use RAID technology to spread data redundantly across 15 disk drives so that if any one disk drive fails, you don't lose any data. The RAID software that makes all this work is embedded as "firmware" in the storage servers. In this case, we believe that the firmware on the servers had bugs that caused the servers to crash. Carbonite automatically restarted all 7,500 backups and more than 99% of these were completely restored without incident. Statistically, about 2 out of every 1,000 consumer hard drives will crash every week, so 54 of these customers had their PCs crash before their re-started backups were complete. Since they weren’t completely backed up when their PCs crashed, these customers were unable to restore all of their files from Carbonite. Most of the 54 got some or most of their data back. We took full responsibility for what happened and I did my best to call each of these customers personally to apologize.

As a result of our problems with the Promise servers, we switched to a popular Dell server that uses RAID6 – an improved RAID that allows for the loss of 3 of the 15 drives simultaneously before you lose any data. This configuration is in theory 36 million times more reliable than a single disk drive — the chances of 3 out of 15 drives failing at the same time are almost nil.

So far, Promise has refused to accept responsibility for their equipment’s failures, so now we are suing them to get our money back. The Dell RAID servers have been flawless and we're extremely happy with them.

Dave Friend, CEO
Carbonite, Inc.