India Power Outage Spares Cloud Services Providers
Cloud and hosted services providers that use India for their data centers and central hubs to dish out services and software to the world got lucky this time. Although India is making headlines because of a massive power outage that has left more than 600 million people without power and has already cost Indian businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, the outsourcing and financial centers of the country remain untouched.
The two outages that have cascaded through the country have somehow missed financial center Mumbai and both of the outsourcing hubs of Bangalore and Hyderabad — the two cities where most of the global outsourcing India has become famous for is centered.
The outage, which is apparently the largest power outage India has faced in more than a decade, is mostly affecting the northern part of the country. That’s bad news for those living and working in northern India, but it’s good news for companies that outsource much of their cloud services and hosting, as well as software development. The southern and western parts of the company have remained largely unaffected, so it’s business as usual.
That’s not to say there isn’t any outsourcing done in northern India. There is. Dell has contact centers near Delhi and Mohali, both of which are in the north, but so far neither has been affected by the cascading power outages. For whatever reason, outsourcers in the north are generally reporting they have somehow been spared.
Many companies in the country also keep diesel-powered generators as “just in case” backups to keep some level of business continuity.
If outsourcing firms and data centers are affected, it may provide some customers a lesson in redundancy. The standard Murphy’s Law applies, so for companies that could be affected by this power outage, let’s hope you have a backup site somewhere that’s not being affected.