Around 23:20 yesterday evening (6th July 2011), the data centre we use in California suffered a direct lightning strike in spite of various countermeasures they have to mitigate this happening.
Some of their UPS systems overloaded and it also took out a server.
Extremely rapid response on their part and the resilient nature of their setup proved it’s worth in minimising downtime caused by this event and our US based servers were only out of action briefly. Recorded downtime was different for each server and varied between 5 minutes and 20 minutes maximum.
They are currently talking with experts to see if there’s anything else they can do to help protect them from freak weather events in the future.
Our thanks to the US data centre for their response and open sharing of information about the event.