Google Blasted over Gmail, Google Apps Outages - Can We Trust the Web as a Platform?

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-08-12 Print this article Print

Google Blasted Over Gmail,
Google Apps Outages

11. Can We Trust the Web as a Platform?

Google, with its one million servers, is supposed to be the most reliable provider of Internet-based "cloud computing" on the planet. If the company suffers regular outages, can we really trust the Web as a platform for our business communication and collaboration needs?

Google isn't supposed to go down. Yet Google Gmail and Google Apps went down for 15 hours Aug. 6 and 7. And on Aug. 11, Gmail went down for 2 hours. Users made their discontent known in discussion boards and blogs, raising the broader question: If they can't rely on Google as their Web platform, who can they rely on?

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