Just when we thought things were looking up for SMB and enterprise to move into the cloud via Google Apps, Salesforce and distributed file and database hosting, Amazon loses control over their cloud services hosted in Virginia.
It’s now on day two of the outage and really big social media services like Foursquare, About.me and Hootsuite have experienced serious downtime. Countless other sites running using Amazon’s services for ecommerce and product delivery have also been affected.
A big thank you to Arik Hesseldahl on his post documenting a large list of Amazon E2C sites affected by this outage.
Looks like many Gmail users (including Google Apps users) are having trouble accessing their email. The workaround again is to connect via IMAP through a desktop client like Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook.
You can check status updates on Gmail over at Google’s AppStatus page http://status.google.com
We’re aware of a problem with Google Mail affecting a small subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Mail, but we’ve provided a workaround below. We will provide an update by September 24, 2009 10:29:00 AM UTC-5 detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.
You can access Gmail via IMAP
So, it’s been quite a while since Google’s email service, Gmail experienced an outage.
Check the status of Gmail here http://www.google.com/appsstatus