Google: Gmail Is Up 99.99 Percent For The First Half Of 2011

In a series of blog posts, Google is touting the top features that makes the customers move their businesses to Google Apps.In a September blog post John Collins, Senior Global Trust PM, Google Apps writes that Gmail has over 99.99% uptime for the first half of 2011."We've built our platform to withstand expected hardware failure, […]

In a series of blog posts, Google is touting the top features that makes the customers move their businesses to Google Apps.

In a September blog post John Collins, Senior Global Trust PM, Google Apps writes that Gmail has over 99.99% uptime for the first half of 2011.

"We've built our platform to withstand expected hardware failure, relying on software and highly automated processes in order to support a 99.9% uptime SLA that has no maintenance window. In 2010 Gmail uptime was 99.984% and we are over 99.99% for the first half of 2011. This is an approach you fundamentally can't take with traditional on premise IT systems," writes Collins.

"Lots of users leads to lots of network traffic that allows us some significant advantages in terms of security. For instance, the spam filtering in Gmail gains rapid visibility into emerging and evolving spam and virus threats, which in turn helps us to block the vast majority of them. This kind of large scale Internet infrastructure also typically provides better protection from denial of service type attacks. It also puts us in a position to spot malicious traffic and help protect users from malware."

He said that the "services we offer are first and foremost Internet-based applications and platforms. We were born on the Internet, not on a single computer or server. We've published some of our core underlying technologies such as BigTable, the SPDY protocol, Google FIle System (GFS) and MapReduce. The last two of which have gone on to inspire Hadoop, the Apache open source framework that underpins many leading cloud or big data applications."

Here is a quick list of the top ten reason that Google cites which are behind the customers trust Google Apps with their business data:

  1. Powerful administration tools give you control of your data
  2. Pure and proven cloud architecture
  3. Patch management
  4. Strong authentication
  5. Disaster recovery
  6. Third party verifications
  7. Information security expertise
  8. Secure connections for users
  9. High availability
  10. Reduced risk of data breach