The big fluffy white hard-drives in the sky are said to be the future of software-but are they as sometimes as unpredictable as naughty-little-brother-like cumulonimbus clouds? The heavenly body of cloud computing has flexed its muscles prematurely as there have been a long string of major outages:
Blackout Blunder Number 1: Google’s Gmail Gaffe
Google let Gmail fail… for a time. In fact some 150,000 Gmail users logged in to their precious account only to see a blank slate. Considering Gmail is one of the cloud’s great attempts to throttle Microsoft’s stranglehold on Exchange-based enterprise email services, this was a big hit to the cloud. Thankfully Google was able to revert beyond its failed multi-layered backup strategy and reach back to archaic backup tapes-yup tapes.
Google has permeated this generations Zeitgeist, in ways previously unimaginable. The company’s name has become a verb. Google’s current holdings are over 36 billion dollars, and they rake in over $23 billion annually. They own two of the three top sites on the web, Google Search and YouTube. In 2010 alone they have already purchased 25 companies.
Google currently produces smartphones, runs a burgeoning Internet-based mail service, acquired several advertising services, released their own browser, and are poised to release their own operating system based on cloud computing.
Cloud computing, according to Wiki (one media brand actually not owned by Google), is “Internet-based computing whereby shared servers provide resources, software, and data to computers and other devices on demand.” Meaning Google would run our OS remotely from their data centers.