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Disaster Recovery by Google; Whose disaster is it anyway?

Disaster Recovery by Google

Last year Google launched a free service called synchronous replication for Google Apps in order to prevent data loss and provide immediate failover in the event that one of their data centers goes down.  This was an important announcement since it means Google now replicates every change made to Google Apps across multiple data-centers in real time.

In fact, for the City of LA, it was so important that it was one of the reasons they ultimately decided to go Google according to a Google Enterprise Blog entitled“Disaster Recovery by Google.”

And that brings me to my point.  “Disaster Recovery by Google” is a misnomer and should be called “Disaster Recovery for Google.”  There’s no question that leading online providers such as Google, Salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services have world-class disaster recovery capabilities, but the key point, and one that has caused a lot of confusion, is that these procedures are for their disasters, not yours…

Google’s synchronous replication allows Google to recover from a disaster, but does not allow you, the user, to recover from a “personal disaster” such as accidental deletion of data, malicious data corruption, or any other problems that are unfortunately a fact of life. Read more