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    G-Mail Fail

    Google's Gmail Fail Casts Dark Cloud on 'Cloud Computing' - PC World

    The excuse - overloaded servers. The future opf cloud computing just has a reality check.


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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    When Gmail went down Tuesday, many users were left without access to their e-mail for nearly two hours.
    Oh

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    WHAT WILL WE DO?!?!?



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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    I have to say I'm a bit skeptical of the Cloud Computing idea...

    I can see where it could be handy... but it certainly has the potential for a lot of problems too.

    I don't need the internet to use Microsoft Word/Excel/Power Point... and there have certainly been times where I've needed to work on stuff while the internet is down.

    Sure cloud computing might make accessing documents easier... but that only works when the internet works


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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    For cloud computing to really work, internet access needs to be readily available everywhere you go. Not just when youre on your local ISP or catching a random hotspot. There are far too many places where it is impossible to get online easily still.



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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
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    For a lot of businesses who have outsourced their email (like ISU has) to google, downtime isnt just an inconvenience, its a lot of lost dollars out there. Say you have 1000 employees who need their email to work. Now think how much youve wasted in pay and how much income they havent brought in.



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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson83 View Post
    For cloud computing to really work, internet access needs to be readily available everywhere you go. Not just when youre on your local ISP or catching a random hotspot. There are far too many places where it is impossible to get online easily still.
    Hence the popularity of mobile broadband cards.

    I rarely go anywhere without internet service, and usually have 3G service. There is mitigating technolgy as well, such as google gears, that let you take data offline and then sync back up with the cloud when you have coverage again.

    It's really no different than what people used to do, in a lot of ways.


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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson83 View Post
    For a lot of businesses who have outsourced their email (like ISU has) to google, downtime isnt just an inconvenience, its a lot of lost dollars out there. Say you have 1000 employees who need their email to work. Now think how much youve wasted in pay and how much income they havent brought in.
    I'd be hard pressed to believe there are that many businesses (read profit driven organiztions) that actually use Google for their dedicated e-mail service. Not having close personal access to your own mail server is idiotic.

    Any company that uses any sort of cloud apps do so with (hopefully) a strong understanding that this technology is incredibly unproven and unstable.

    Edit: Also the only loss of access was web access, all mail clients could still get there. I once again doubt a business wouldn't use a 3rd party client to have employees access their mail if on the off chance they do use this.



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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Cloud computing is a nice catch phrase, like Web 2.0...



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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    Hence the popularity of mobile broadband cards.

    I rarely go anywhere without internet service, and usually have 3G service. .

    Thats fine for you, and maybe even large businesses, but the cellular networks are not ready for everyone to migrate their internet use to cell phone towers, nor can everyone afford an extra line on top of thieir current phone and internet bills


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Thats fine for you, and maybe even large businesses, but the cellular networks are not ready for everyone to migrate their internet use to cell phone towers, nor can everyone afford an extra line on top of thieir current phone and internet bills
    Nor am I suggesting everyone do. I was merely responding to the complaint that you have to be always connected and internet connectivity can be spotty at times if you don't have a data plan through a cell provider.

    People are getting their "non-cloud" services now through the same networks that they would be getting their "cloud" services through in the future.


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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson83 View Post
    For a lot of businesses who have outsourced their email (like ISU has) to google, downtime isnt just an inconvenience, its a lot of lost dollars out there. Say you have 1000 employees who need their email to work. Now think how much youve wasted in pay and how much income they havent brought in.
    ISU has only switched student accounts to G-mail. Faculty and staff business accounts are still Iowa State.



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    Re: G-Mail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson83 View Post
    For a lot of businesses who have outsourced their email (like ISU has) to google, downtime isnt just an inconvenience, its a lot of lost dollars out there. Say you have 1000 employees who need their email to work. Now think how much youve wasted in pay and how much income they havent brought in.
    There are plenty of wasted pay hours when using Microsoft products as well.



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