#googlefail: Are We Too Dependent?
An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. As a result, about 14% of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions.
Others believe that AT&T may be to blame (I was unable to get through on my iPhone’s 3G connection). AT&T, however, disagrees:
After reports on #googlefail being related to our network, we looked & have not identified any problems that could have caused the outage
Putting blame aside, the amount of infrastructure that Google supports is huge; from search functions to Google Apps, the Mountain View giant is literally everywhere. I’ll perform countless Google searches on a daily basis, check feeds in Google Reader, host my email on Google Apps, get directions via Google Maps – the list goes on. I’d go as far to say that at least 50 percent of my day revolves around Google.
But even if we are too reliant, I don’t see an immediate way around it. Indexing the world is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. I’m a huge centralization buff, and there’s no better definition of that than Google.
I’m not about to complain to the point of extremity. Most of the time, Google’s stability is exceptional. It’s also safe to say that they have a pretty firm hold on their servers over at the Googleplex – I’m more than willing to trade a few minutes of downtime for the existence of the awesome web giant.