Exasperated systems administrators took to search and online application provider Google’s user forums after its web-based email service GMail went down for 24 hours.
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“This outage has hit us pretty hard,” said another poster. “We’ve been out of email for 24 hours and now business is suffering.”
Other users, representing paying customers of Google’s business applications service complained about the company’s uncommunicative response to the outage. “How is it possible to get Google staff to answer support emails?” asked one user.
However, Google did acknowledge the outage, which it said only affected a limited number of users and provided an estimated time of rectification. The disruption was remedied in the early hours of this morning.
"We know how important Gmail is to our users, so we take issues like this very seriously, and we apologise for the inconvenience," said a company representative on the discussion boards.
The disruption recalls an ealier moment in the history of web applications. In 2005, online CRM provider and software-as-a-service pioneer Salesforce.com suffered a six-hour outage, denying users access to critical applications.
The ensuing outrage drove Salesforce.com to establish trust.salesforce.com, an area of its website where users can monitor the company’s server performance. Following this week’s outage, Google may now face calls for a similar service to improve transparency.
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