Backupify capitalizes on Gmail outage, then blows up

Summary:If you were one of the 15,000 new Backupify customers who joined the service after Google's Gmail outage you may be seriously second guessing this cloud thing.

If you were one of the 15,000 new Backupify customers who joined the service after Google's Gmail outage last week you may be seriously second guessing this cloud thing.

Google Gmail has returned, but now Backupify is offline due to a system upgrade. In a blog post, Backupify said it didn't lose your data but is working through a systems upgrade.

Related: Gmail's disappearing act: Blame the storage software update

Backupify tried to spin its upgrade as a positive. The service notes that it had 15,000 new sign-ups in two days. Backupify also added that it added new functionality for searching across accounts.

I guess that's good news. Or you could argue that Backupify can't scale.

The company said:

Due to these two major events, our system has a very large backlog of archive jobs queued up, which in turn is slowing down backups for everyone. In order to speed up your backups and accommodate all our new users, we are restructuring our system, which requires us to temporarily take down the backend of Backupify.

It will take "a day or so" to resume backups.

The bottom line here is that you may want to "backupify" your data somewhere else. Look for rivals like Spanning Backup to capitalize.

Topics: Outage, Browser, Cloud, Collaboration, Data Management, Google, Storage

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