E-mail services (G-Mail) managed by Google and used by 100 million users crashed for more than two hours impacting users in Europe and Asia.  America was less impacted because the failure occurred at night.  According to the Financial Times it is the worst failure to data for G-mail, a browser-based e-mail service that has been growing at the rate of 40% per annum. 

Google, with 113 million users has been gaining on its rivals Microsoft’s Hotmail (283 million) and Yahoo (274 million).  The failure highlights the vulnerability of ‘Cloud’ computing when customers trust their data to services run  remotely over the web, without keeping applications on the PC’s hard drive.  Source: Financial Times

BIIA Newsletter March 2009 Issue