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Google Drive experiences major outage, halting productivity

David Beharall
After 11 years in professional football David retired in 2006 to set up CandidSky. He currently holds the position of Managing Director.

April 17, 2013

2 minute read

Google Drive, the cloud-based service which holds a number office programs (such as Google Docs), is experiencing major issues today.

Many people have raced to Twitter to express their disappointment at the unexpected outage – even Google employees, with Mike Dudas tweeting this morning “Happens far too often”

Backup business files

It’s clear that these days more and more people are reliant on cloud based services to hold important information, particularly on a business level. But you need to make sure you are backing up your data in a secure and reliable way so at times like this you are not affected too badly.

One simple way to back up Google Drive is to download the desktop version, which syncs all files to a single computer. This, however, can be problematic if you have 100GB + in files as it can slow down your computer or make it a bit sluggish.

There are third party providers such as Spanning out there who will mirror what you have on Google Drive and back it up for you but this option is not for everyone.

In saying all this Google Drive will be back online in the next hour or so and in the grand scheme of things it presents far less issues having files stored in the cloud than remotely. Even other cloud based services such as Dropbox have had similar outages so it isn’t unheard of.

Sticking with Google Drive

Here at CandidSky we’ve been using Google Drive for about 7 months now after previously using Dropbox. We find that Google Drive offers a better package for us as a digital marketing agency as most of our work and collaboration is done via shared online documents and spreadsheets.

Today we’ve hit one or two small hiccups with it being down but as we back up our files and have procedures in place for this kind of thing we are able to carry on. So long as this isn’t a regular occurrence in the coming months I’m pretty sure we will stick with Google Drive.

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