Does Cloud Computing Have a Silver Lining?

Redundancy Woes for Google

Operations SVP Urs Hoelzle put up a less-than-informative blog post to explain
“brown-outs” which left 14% of Google users with no or spotty access
to their services. Apparently a flaw in Google’s internal traffic routing,
during a planned maintenance activity, saturated a network link, resulting in a
DoS condition.

post contains no word on how much Google Ads revenue was lost and no word on
the security aspects, if any (it would be interesting to find out if any
black-hats were quick enough on their toes to try and start advertising fake
routes to the flooded google servers). No word, also, on the fact that many
google-ad-serving sites failed to load at all, as long as the ads could not be

a poster-child for the web-enabled in-the-cloud software services business
model, Google has the eyes of the business world strongly fixed upon it. There
may be a glimmer of doubt in those eyes just about now, and it’s not altogether
a bad thing. Some more redundancy just might get built into that “Internet
cloud” because of it.

sure you grab the pretty pictures before going back to whatever you were doing.
A 14Gbps drop in network traffic isn’t something you get to see every day.

About the author


Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and
technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking.

Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief
editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to
the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English
language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's
online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since.

In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.