Many Web and Cloud Sites decided to take Friday Off Today is Outage Day
Many popular sites today are experiencing slowness, delays, and even complete outages. The blogging site Tumblr is completely down and many reports are coming in that there are issues across the web. www.downrightnow.com is reporting recent trouble with Gmail and Yahoo Mail as well as Service disruption with YouTube, Twitter, and possible issues with facebook.
There were earlier reports of certain Google sites and Dropbox having issues this morning and Tumblr posted the following tweet:
@Tumblr is experiencing network problems following an issue with one of our uplink providers. We will return to full service shortly.
It is unclear whether the issues are related in any way. The past week has seen a number of sites down many of these were due to an Amazon Web Services outage, high profile sites such as Reddit, Pinterest, and Foursquare were affected.
The elevated amount of outages may have some users questioning providers and hosts regarding redundancy and failover procedures. Web and cloud services are becoming more and more relied upon by everyday users, which makes uptime even more of a priority than ever before.
As tablet devices such as the Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Google Nexus take over traditional computing in favor of connected computing, and cloud computing as well as mobile becomes the normal practice for consumers and businesses alike. The need for stronger networks, resilience, and failover becomes more apparent.
Outages will continue to be a normal part of the connected experience. However as more consumers become dependent on the cloud for their day to day personal and business lives, the outcry will get louder as these issues arise.