Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Back that *aaS up.

With Google, Mobileme and other cloud services going down recently. It would seem my post last month "the offline cloud" is now more relevant then ever. For the first time in as long as I can remember, Google's Gmail went down. For the hour or so it was not available, neither was I. As a sat and stared blackly at my screen, I realized that I hadn't download my google IMAP to my desk in several weeks. I'm wondering if there are services that can enable me to download my google apps data to a secondary location, like S3 or Nirvanix.

For Gmail, a simple way I've managed to backup my gmail data is by installing Zimbra on an EC2 instance and syncing my gmail IMAP account. This is a simple way I can always have a secondary copy of my email available through a snazzy ajax interface. I'm still trying to figure out a way to backup my blog, google docs, and other assorted cloud services. Guess I'll need to read the google API.

What are others doing?


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