Google Calendar Goes Down – Is your business backed up?

Google Calendar App Status

The Google Calendar App was down for the better part of over 3 hours today.

The service had recent load issues April 28 from a surge in Android calendar synchronization request. The unintentional network affect (surge) pushed the Calendar App to fail-over mode. Read the Google Apps Incident Report.

Today again, the Calendar App went down as first reported around 7:50am PST/10:50am EST.

See a graph of the Google Calendar App Status above.

Risk Management Necessitates Diversification

There is always greater risk when you put all your eggs in one basket.
Today’s outage exemplifies that for some.

In anticipation of a scenario like today, consider backing up your calendar locally synchronizing with MS Outlook. For those considering Google Calendar, it is stilla safe and reliable resource with an integrated suite of business and free tools: Gmail, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, etc.). Thus you may consider

Other business scenarios include using Google Calendar as:

  • A backup system for online filing: synchronizing your mail, calendar, and other compatible services.
  • A developmental sandbox for sharing and collaboration.

Got Backup?

Here are other online calendar services to explore:

30 Boxes
iCal – for Mac
Inbox.com Calendar
Mozilla Sunbird – from Mozilla, makers of Firefox browser
Officezilla – open source calendar suite
Plaxo – contact and calendar manager
Study Rails – student time and assignment management
Yahoo! Calendar – similar to Google Calendar
Zoho Planner

Where to Get an Online Calendar

Read a full list of calendars and planners on Mashable.
For a good list of web tools for students go here.

Google Calendar Up or Down?

See up-to-date Google Calendar App Status here.

See all Google Apps Statuses here.

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