[LINK] Clouded Vision
stil at stilgherrian.com
Sat May 16 13:20:12 EST 2009
Reading Google's own blog post points out that this wasn't a "data
loss" problem (i.e. you'd better have had backups) but a "service
An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our web
traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. As a result,
14% of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions.
And as this handy graph shows, traffic in and out of Google for the
affected networks flatlined for well under 2 hours.
Rather than "the sky is fling" (or "the cloud is imploding"?), more
and more this looks to me like a routine network glitch which was
resolved reasonably quickly.
(Again, I compare this with a typical business network. In a business
of 100 people, say, having 14 of them disrupted for a couple of hours,
an event which happens "every now and then", isn't THAT big a failure
Computers and networks break. If yo want to continue working during
the beak, you need a contingency plan. Big deal. Nothing new. Nothing
to see here. Move along now.
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