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Rethinking Gmail: Reliability Matters

Article Source Linux Magazine
September 25, 2009, 6:39 am

For better or worse, Gmail is one of the poster children for Web-based applications. Millions of people use Gmail to manage their email and depend on Google to provide reliable access to their mail. The problem is, Google has had a few high-profile outages that should be causing some concern about hosting anything mission critical with the Internet giant.

This week, Gmail suffered yet another outage affecting an unknown (outside of Google, at least) number of users. This is hot on the heels of a massive outage that affected pretty much all Gmail users — including those of us who pay Google for the “Apps for your Domain” service...

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