Monday is arguably the least popular day of the week. Today, Gmail is definitely not helping the issue. Over the weekend, several hundred thousand Gmail users saw their accounts reset, which is the technical term for “losing everything that was in your Gmail account prior to Feb. 27.” This follows on last week’s news of Google calendar mysteriously deleting appointments and events. At the time of this writing, at least 150,000 Gmail users are still without data, an improvement over the 500,000 or so that were wiped out on Sunday, and Google promises the remainder will eventually get their data back.
So how could Google let a half million users lose their data in the first place? The answer lies in how Google described the problem initially: “0.29% of Gmail users” experienced a “service disruption.” Less than one-third of 1% of all Gmail accounts got hit by the data purge. From a top-down-perspective, you’d be hard-pressed to complain about 99.71% data integrity. The issue with Google — as always — is scale. When you have 180 million Gmail users, even a statistically small data loss or service outage can result in a mid-sized city’s worth of Gmail accounts being deleted.
For those affected, however, the statistical rarity of their bad luck is cold comfort. 500,000 is roughly the population of Toledo, OH, Grand Rapids, MI, Fresno, CA or Raleigh, NC. It may be only a fraction of a percent in objective Gmail numbers, but we promise losing Raleigh or Grand Rapids (or even Fresno) is still a serious loss.
Imagine your entire Gmail history disappearing. All the attachments you store in your account, gone. The contact list that drives your business, deleted. The communication history you’re required to preserve, erased. The memories and messages that stretch back years, gone in a moment — with only Google’s goodwill and promise that they might return.
At Backupify, we hate to see anybody go through that kind of trauma.
So Backupify is going to do something about it.
From now until 11:59pm Eastern time on March 1, Backupify is giving away a free year of Backupify Pro 100 service to anybody who asks for it.
No joke, no strings attached. Backupify for Gmail archives your complete Gmail history — all the messages, attachments, contacts, labels and communication history that makes your account indispensable. The next time Gmail goes down, your Backupify account has your data at the ready — and you can restore it with a single click. Backupify for Google Calendar archives your complete calendar history, including the past and future appointments you can’t afford to forget. The next time Google Calendar flakes out, you can doublecheck your schedule with your Backupify backups.
With a Backupify Pro 100 account, you get all that and more. That’s 20 GBs of total storage for up to 25 service accounts — including Gmail, Google Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs and up to 5 users on your private Google Apps domain — free until March 1, 2012.
Just signup for a free trial of Backupify Pro 100 and use the promo code savegmail. We’ll upgrade you to a free year of Backupify Pro 100 service after you sign up. It’s that simple. But you have to sign up by midnight Eastern on March 1, 2011.
(Note: This promotion has now ended)
Google is good for 99.7% of its users. For the unlucky victims of Google’s margin of error, Backupify is here to pick up the slack. Don’t let the next Gmail outage lottery strike you. Start your free year of Backupify today.