It’s back, and, as Sandy pointed out in her comment above, the apocalypse did not take place, despite a sense of doom that comes from being disconnected in the 21st century. It will be interesting to see why Gmail went down. It will also be interesting, with this being the latest example of a free service providing a service level commensurate with its cost, whether users with a need for reliable service with a real-world SLA will start wondering why they think free is the best way to meet their needs.
By Josh Greenbaum on September 1, 2009
Industry Analyst, Consultant and author, former programmer, systems analyst with 25 years experience. Spent three years in Europe as an industry analyst and as Correspondent for Information Week and other industry publications. Regularly consults with leading public and private enterprise software, database, and infrastructure companies. An award-winning columnist for leading IT and business magazines, Josh is widely quoted in the trade and business press and he blogs at Enterprise Matters.