Gmail outage raises questions about cloud computing

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Yesterday Google had some issues and Gmail was down for a couple of hours. Once it was all sorted out, Google attributed the issue to overloaded servers on its blog. This is nothing new. Back in May, Gmail had a similar outage. This may be an issue with cloud computing, in which people are depending on a Web-hosted e-mail server rather than something with the e-mail in house. As more e-mail marketing services begin to offer their products and platforms "in the cloud," I can't help but wonder if this is a good idea. Imagine being ready to send a campaign that you have been building and then all of a sudden, you can't access the work. Now, of course, I know that Google is much more trafficked than an ESP and that maybe that has to do with the overload. After all, it seems like everyone has a Gmail account today. But still, it kind of makes me wonder if we should be moving to "in the cloud" solutions when even Google is getting it wrong.

DMNotes is DMN's around-the-clock blog. Yes, a blog in 2016.

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