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Google's Four Minute Blackout Examined
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JerryJ
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8/19/2013 | 5:01:48 PM
re: Google's Four Minute Blackout Examined
The response to this outage seemed to be all about the impact to Google's reputation and finances. Is nobody else concerned that we have become so dependent on a single provider? Setting any discussion of monopolies aside, the real concern here should be, what impact a much longer term Google outage, say a few days or weeks, have on the global economy. "That's huge"' might be an understatement.
gev
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8/19/2013 | 5:14:01 PM
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During Sandy our access to gas was interrupted for about a week. At the same time, we had no electicity and very limited internet access.
Let me assure you that the lack of internet access pales in comparison with the lack gas in your car, and inability to start your furnace without electricity.
Just saying to keep things in perspective.
TerryB
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8/19/2013 | 6:06:49 PM
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Funny how you equate "internet access" to Google being available. I didn't even know Google was down until I read this. But when users ask me if our Corp proxy server supplied internet service is down, I always try to access Google homepage to verify (just because such a lightweight, fast loading page). Based on this, I better start trying Bing also to verify if internet access is really down. :-)
cbabcock
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8/19/2013 | 6:10:48 PM
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I would like to know more. Granted it was a short term incident. But it affected all Google services, except search: Maps, Gmail, Docs, Drawings, Sites, Analytics.
JerryJ
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8/19/2013 | 6:25:38 PM
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I understand and empathize with the enormous personal and business impact of Sandy. And although millions were impacted, the impact was geographically constrained. This was a 40% drop in Internet traffic globally. I don't know the statistics, but I'm guessing that the traffic on the Internet from Google searches is but a small fraction of the total. If true, that means there was a very large number of people and businesses without email, office productivity services like Docs, and more. Like Charlie Babcock, I'd like to know more. A lot more.
OtherJimDonahue
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8/19/2013 | 7:27:17 PM
re: Google's Four Minute Blackout Examined
"Somebody in Mountain View probably unplugged something, then plugged it back in," he said.

That's an OK explanation when something happens in my home. But inside Google? Not so much.
Thomas Claburn
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8/19/2013 | 8:18:23 PM
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I'd be very worried if indeed there were some single system, without any kind of backup or failover, that could be unplugged, shutting down everything. I'm sure there's more to it.
Zman7
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8/20/2013 | 4:47:08 AM
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The other majority of the world who aren't nerds didn't even notice because it was Friday afternoon and they were at happy hour having fun.
moarsauce123
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8/20/2013 | 11:55:06 AM
re: Google's Four Minute Blackout Examined
Welcome to the cloud! Just imagine you build your business 100% in the cloud and lose transactions for a four minute period. That is real cash going somewhere else. The cloud can be just one option in a mix of different models.
moarsauce123
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8/20/2013 | 11:56:06 AM
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If 40% of all Internet traffic goes to Google then equating Google with the Internet is not that far fetched. Rather scary!


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