11 data centre disasters

ComputerworldUK picks out the most damaging data centre disasters in the enterprise


British Airways had to ground tens of thousands of passengers over one of its busiest travel weekends in May 2017 after a "power surge" caused damage to one of its UK data centres. This led to major systems for baggage, ticketing and check-in being taken offline.

Large enterprises should be well equipped to deal with data centre outages, yet many still seem to be affected by them as their systems become more complex and reliant on various infrastructure and outsourced partners.

Here we compile eleven of the most unexpected data centre outages of the past few years.