According to the company, an error in one of its systems caused it to direct some of the web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. As a result, about 14% of Google tools users experienced slow services or even interruptions. Arbor Network says that data shows an Internet traffic nose dive during the outage. Services like Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, Calendar, and even Google search went missing for some users.
(Here’s a graph showing the traffic slowdown)
When your content constitutes up to 5% of all Internet traffic, minor glitches cause major headaches. As folding online photo storage sites show, nothing is certain and things get lost – forever. Despite it having fewer and fewer fails, cloud computing will never be perfect, so hedge your odds.