On Tuesday night the accidental deletion of production data led to a major backup failure making GitLab.com unavailable. GitLab is a web-based repository manager highly popular among web developers – many small and large companies depend on it, and the interruption left them without critical tools needed for their work. Had the data been stored using Blockchain, the failure would have been avoided.
They performed emergency database maintenance for the six hours worth of lost data, but hit a wall when the backup of a PostgreSQL database couldn’t be started because the binaries were no longer compatible with the current version. Furthermore, the snapshots (which were occurring every 24 hours) were only traceable to the Network File System servers and not to the database. The testing of data recovery processes had clearly not taken place recently.
Meanwhile, GitLab has become available again, but it is possible that some data has been lost permanently. When the data had been stored using Blockchain, it would have been coded with a unique hash code referencing it to the previous hash it was build upon – no snapshots leaving a window for data loss. Blockchain is also decentralized, so when this database had failed, other locations could have continued to manage the data. Backups can always be neglected and thus exists the perpetual risk of data loss. With Blockchain Backups are no longer necessary because the nature of the system accomplishes it automatically.
Blockchain solutions ensure that your company doesn’t have to worry about major backup failures and data losses like in this case. To get in touch with faizod’s Blockchain experts and find out more about how you can optimize your data security systems, you can contact us here.