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Google says it has restored email access to some Gmail users who lost it over the weekend. "We're still working fast and furious to restore account access," Google spokesperson Jessica Kositz told TechNewsWorld. Google said 0.02 percent of Gmail users were impacted, but Kositz once again declined to state how many users its email service has. She referred TechNewsWorld to a post Monday afternoon on the Gmail blog by Ben Treynor, Google's site reliability czar, stating that things should be back to normal for everyone soon.
Talk to anyone running a data center, long term archiving on tape is cost effective and reliable. The story here is that the SOFTWARE update failed, not the tape archiving. That would be the point as well, retrieving information from archive (or Tier 3) status is not designed to be as fast as restoring from Tier 1. It's old email folks. Be patient.
There is a long list of risks by using magnetic storage systems for archiving.
http://tinyurl.com/4mtdby4 check out "Risk management & cost reduction"
With a safe system can be saved the budget slso, about 75%.
Its pretty sad when a tape backup is the only thing left holding the information. How much better technology failed before getting to a tape backup? Does not give me much faith in the cloud.