Google Calendar outage

Google Calendar went down for "a significant subset of users" today, according to the Google Apps Status Dashboard. While the problem seems to have been resolved for now, Google hasn't released any information as to why the outage happened or what steps they are taking to mitigate the risk of future outages.

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Cloud services like Google Apps are still a touchy subject for many. Trusting your data to a location other than local server space necessitates a trust relationship between cloud and user. That trust is based on the fact that the cloud won't lose your data. A series of high-profile and wide-spread outages like the storage failure of T-Mobile's Sidekick cloud servers and the Gmail outages of 2008 are causing more and more people to doubt the effectiveness and reliability of cloud services, and today's Google Calendar will only fuel the the arguments against cloud services, and push people away from packages like Google Apps.

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Cloud computing is the future imo. For the average company without an IT deptartment who needs one when you have something like Apps or Microsoft BPOS. Who better to be looking after your software than Google or MS?
I bet there isn't one company in the world that hasn't had some sort of IT outage. Obviously though hosted outages affect more than one company.

The cloud is a flawed concept for any real business to adobt for mission critical stuff. At the best you can do a cloud + local setup, but that would make clouds useless...

You can't put the trust of your most important data and apps in the hands of some third party. Anything could happen. There could be an outtage (like this case). The company could be sold. They could go belly up. I mean the risks are too high.

Even for the "most reputable" companies to make a cloud offer to you I would turn it down. Unless the stuff you're shoving up there can be seen as non-mission critical (like cloud-based off-site backups).

Really? Google Calendar was down for a couple hours today. (For some users... I've been using it all day no problem.) It happens.

Running a local solution like an Exchange server will certainly have problems from time to time as well. At least with a cloud solution like Google Apps, there are very smart people on standby to take care of these issues and your local IT dept. doesn't have to deal with them.

Aaron44126 said,
Really? Google Calendar was down for a couple hours today. (For some users... I've been using it all day no problem.) It happens.

Running a local solution like an Exchange server will certainly have problems from time to time as well. At least with a cloud solution like Google Apps, there are very smart people on standby to take care of these issues and your local IT dept. doesn't have to deal with them.


Thats not true for 90% of the company, System admins know atleast what they need to do (backup and recovery!)...and speaking, Cloud based are just for sharing a couple of documents and photos..Business cant seriously depend on these..