July 27, 2016
Salesforce.com is a cloud computing company with the majority of its profits coming from customer relationship management and acquiring commercial social networking apps. According to PC World, Salesforce recently had a blackout and the details were told in: “Salesforce Outage Continues In Some Parts Of The US.” In early May, Salesforce was down for over twelve hours due to a file integrity issue in the NA14 database.
The outage occurred in the morning with limited services restored later in the evening. Salesforce divides its customers into instances. The NA14 instance is located in North America as many of the customers who complained via Twitter are located in the US.
The exact details were:
“The database failure happened after “a successful site switch” of the NA14 instance “to resolve a service disruption that occurred between 00:47 to 02:39 UTC on May 10, 2016 due to a failure in the power distribution in the primary data center,” the company said. Later on Tuesday, Salesforce continued to report that users were still unable to access the service. It said it did not believe “at this point” that it would be able to repair the file integrity issue. Instead, it had shifted its focus to recovering from a prior backup, which had not been affected by the file integrity issues.”
It is to be expected that power outages like this would happen and they will reoccur in the future. Technology is only as reliable as the best circuit breaker and electricity flows. This is why it is recommended to back up your files in more than one place.