When Google’s App Services encountered a 5-1/2-hour outage Thursday, I was reminded again of the thinness of the thread by which my computing life hangs these days. While I was not directly affected by the outage — though I did see slowdowns and failed connect attempts several times, I wasn’t out of touch most or all of that time — it was still a point of concern.
The reported outage began about 11 a.m. PST and ended about 4:30 p.m. It affected Google Drive (which is home to all of the document creating and management apps in the Google Suite) and apparently it kept some unknown but large number of users from being able to access their online documents for most if not all of the down time.
Live by the Google, die by the Google. I have moved virtually all of my written documents to Google Drive as I wean myself off Dropbox and reliance on my local drive. I’m delighted for having done so but I must remember that it’s not a 100% safeguard solution. I do mirror my Google Drive locally and can work on it locally if and as needed, so I’m not cut off when the inevitable outage comes.
Just have to remain aware. As in so many things in life.