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BELGIUM FOLLOWS MEXICO WITH DATA CENTER OUTAGE

Belgium telecom company Proximus, is just recovering from a data center outage in Evere, Brussels. Businesses and an e-health service used by doctors and pharmacists were affected.

The Belgium data center outage began on Monday, which was reported to have been caused by a failed network switch after a software update. Unfortunately, the impact was significant with hits on e-health and other vital services.

“Monday morning we experienced a problem with a software update of a network switch in our corporate customer data center,”
Proximus spokesperson to Data News in Belgium.

“As a result, certain customers experienced connectivity problems. In concrete terms, it concerns customers who purchase vHosting and vContainer solutions. These applications run in our data center.”

According to the company, the data center outage is now over, with all services returning to normal and no data loss was recorded.
This Belgium data center outage occurred just after that of Mexico last Saturday. It was a weekend chaos in Mexico when a data center in Santa Fe, Mexico City, experienced failure due to an electrical fault.
The Mexico facility is owned by Prosa, an e-transaction services firm. The outage impact spans across the country’s banking services, with consumers not been able to complete online transactions or withdraw cash at ATMs. Those affected are mostly customers of Banorte, HSBC, Invex, Santander, Scotiabank and Banjército.
As one of the main data centers that connect several banks, Prosa outage affected a lot of end-users and also made a negative impression on the Mexican government plan of trying to cut down cash usage and migrate citizens into using digital banking systems.
Few days before the outage, it was reported that the Mexico is considering a ban on the use of cash for purchasing gasoline and to pay for tolls. By next month, the central bank is to start rolling out CoDi – a payment system for people who do not have a bank account, but own a mobile phone which can scan a QR code and process payments.