When Google goes down, the world panics
When I couldn’t get through to my GMail account or access my Google docs or view my Google calendar, I realized one thing. Perhaps I rely too much on the efficiency of one organization or service. Maybe I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.
The time is right for me to back up all my essential mail on an online server elsewhere instead of my complete reliance on Google. Am I over-reacting? Perhaps. But can I afford to take the chance of this kind of problem recurring at some future date. What if my mail totally disappears. Would I not lose a lot of irreplaceable material? How would I reconstruct and recreate everything, I shudder to think?
No, a Plan B, a BCP, a Disaster Recovery Plan should certainly always be in place. The number of people who messaged me yesterday from different countries to ask if I could access GMail shows me that a large number of us have placed all our faith in Google. But they are human after all … and there is a chance this will happen again. Back up now … or regret it later. The choice is yours.
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