Monday, February 22, 2010 VC eating themselves?

For those who don't know is a web based Operating system, complete with web applications and file storage. recently has become inaccessible to all US users, it is unknown if users in other countries have been able to access the service. When a person goes to the site currently you get the error message below:

Service Temporarily Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later. has been down at-least since around 9 this morning. Every now and then this morning some users were able to get onto the site, but not for long. could be performing maintenance as it says but it's most likely a capacity issue. would have their own page telling users about the issue if it was a maintenance thing.

Not only does their server being down, refuse access to their service, but also users can't get to their valuable files, taking the entire idea of cloud computing and making it seem like a bad idea. the point in cloud computing is you have free access to your software and files from anywhere. Well what if one day your favorite text editor in the cloud, goes down, suddenly your out a word processor, atleast with non cloud based software it's not going to just one day say sorry but because the server is offline we can't help you.

Also a big thing to think about is Amazon Web services, is hosted on Amazons servers, servers that were claiming to be the best cloud servers in the world. So much for that!
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