Facebook, Instagram Outages Underscore Need for Power Protection

March 14, 2019

By Erik Linask - Group Editorial Director

Facebook (News - Alert) and many of its other services experienced a widespread outage yesterday.  The service interruption impacted WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, leaving millions of users globally without access to these apps and causing rumors to start flying quickly about the cause of the outage.

Once it had restored services, Facebook claimed the outage was the result of a server configuration change that had a domino effect – not a DDOS attack or other malicious incident as many had already speculated.  Another hack would likely not surprise most, considering the data breaches Facebook has already had to contend with.

That, of course, raises the issue of cybersecurity, which should be top of mind for every business executive.  But, it also shines a light on the need for business continuity solutions, including power protection.  While this was not a power outage situation, the impact on users was no different – they were unable to access the apps and services. 

Business have to be prepared.  Just as they must have security solutions in place, they have UPS and other power management systems in their budgets.  Power outages are, but nature, unpredictable, which means businesses never know when they and their customers will lose access to services.

With a power protection in place, systems can remain operational for a period of time – depending on the specs of the solutions, which can be designed to meet the needs of any business.  With backup generators in place, they can even remain operational through even lengthy outages, and with cloud-based software and hosting solutions, systems theoretically may never go offline. 

Technology is the lifeline of business.  Just as cyber threats are being taken seriously and businesses are investing more resources into protection their systems, they should also be aware of the damage power outages can cause.  That naturally includes immediate downtime, but also potentially much more significant costs resulting from damaged equipment that wasn’t protected and has to be replaced, causing the business to incur costs in both time and money.

Edited by Erik Linask