Google Docs Outage Outrages Twitter, Google Responds

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Giroro

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Yep, this is exactly the reason you should run local licenses of productivity software instead of vague subscriptions to "cloud services".

It's risky to put yourself in a position where another company could accidentally (or deliberately) shut down your business.
 

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mm I would guess the odds of your local software being unavailable for a short amount are greater (power cut, local file server issues etc). Or if that's not true, at least the chance of catastrophic failure is probably greater locally.
 

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It all depends. It's true that locally-sourced applications & locally-stored data could potentially be unavailable from long-term outages or hardware issues...but cloud-based services don't prevent that. Your office has no power? Guess what: your router & other hardware for connecting to the Internet (not to mention the PCs) are all offline. Hard to connect to a cloud provider without Internet or a device.

And then, of course, there's the issue where your location has power & Internet, but maybe the cloud-storage data center is offline because they're having a local power outage. Or worse, if a natural disaster (or a man-made disaster) happens & takes out the data center, you'd better hope & pray that the provider has another data center available, or you're pretty far up the creek.
 

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I would guess the odds of your local software being unavailable for a short amount are greater (power cut, local file server issues etc).

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I would guess you dont really think about this at all do you. Tell me again how that scenario works where you have a local power failure and magically can access the cloud?

The cloud is where you put data if you dont care what happens to it.
 

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Google Docs is inaccessible once in xx number of years and suddenly the "local only" crowd is blitzing the forums and ripping anyone who doesn't agree with them. Calm down folks, you all work too hard anyway. Maybe an outage vacation will let you have a break!
 

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Google responds:

"Hey, quit your whining or we'll start deleting more documents for 'content'."

Realistically, they should offer full Docs offline with the option to mirror files online, rather than cloud-only. Like Office 365.
 
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