Google Outages Damage Cloud Credibility

by admin September 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Gmail was out this morning…again. The outage affected only a small percentage of Gmail users, but in the wake of Tuesday’s Google News outage the lack of reliability from Google isn’t helping justify the business case for embracing the cloud.

The cloud is all the rage. Vendors of all shapes and sizes are in a race to move as many products and services as possible to the cloud – providing managed services and software-as-a-service rather than traditional, locally-installed, software applications.

There are many major players investing in moving customers to the cloud. Amazon has a cloud computing offering and recently bolstered it with a more secure, segregated private cloud service. Microsoft provides hosted online productivity services and recently rolled out the technical preview of Office Web Apps, delivering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote from the cloud.

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