Cloudburst: Hard lessons learned from the OVH datacenter blaze

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In every tabletop disaster-recovery exercise in every enterprise IT shop, there’s a moment when attention grudgingly shifts from high-profile threats — malicious intrusion, data theft, ransomware — to more mundane (and seemingly less likely) threats, like natural disasters, accidents, and low-tech turmoil.

What hurricanes, explosions, earthquakes, fires, and floods lack in cybersecurity panache, they often make up for in ferocity. The history is clear: CIOs need to put more emphasis on force majeure — an act of God or moment of mayhem that threatens data availability at scale — when making their plans.

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