Google's cloud services in several regions of the world, particularly on the American East Coast and in Canada, are experiencing a shutdown on Sunday afternoon. One can imagine the consequences if this happened during a school day, considering that many establishments use Google Mail for their emails or the Google Apps suite (Documents, Sheets, Presentations, etc.) for assignments and documentation. Even YouTube and SnapChat, which are owned by Google, are affected.
Now is the right time to think about your plan B, or C, or D (unplugged!), If you haven't already. What would you do if such an outage happened during the collaborative working period you had planned online? Even if you use the Microsoft suite instead, this could also happen!
Share your best ideas in the comments at the end of this article.
For collaborative writing:
- Epad of the RÉCIT: http://epad.recit.org/ (free Etherpad platform)
- Maybe now is the time to try the sketchnoting, a technique of synthesis of the most creative ideas!
For GMail messaging:
- The phone! (well, I know…!)
For information on the nature of the breakdowns and the return of services, you can consult the page which provides information on the availability status. cloud computing activities from Google.