Google is down. That feels like the Internet is off. That is what was missing to make the year 2020 feel complete.
Forbes, and many other, report that GMail had an outage. Now I hear vast parts, in particular the security and privacy fraction, of the social bubble start crying “the cloud ain’t a solution”. Self-Hosting has sure benefits over managed offerings. This attitude ignores the fact that managed hosting, and multi-tenant (cloud-) applications in particular have one huge benefit over single instance solutions. This foremost means economies of scale. Any moderately successful cloud solution can serve plenty of users, and at a large scale, set a much higher standard for operations and security than the self-hosted application could have.
So while Google was off, it’s still much better available than most hobbyist projects.
Apparently Google was down the other day. Unfortunately, I was on a train in a really remote location and couldn’t verify what I picked up from Hacker News and tweeted.
Again, an outage like this reminds of the issues that remain with the Cloud, the difference to traditional infrastructure is merely scale at which an outage hits.