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When the Internet disappears ... thank heaven for Lotus Notes

Mat Newman  February 23 2012 16:00:00
Telstra had an Internet outage in Australia this afternoon.  It might come as some surprise to know that this wasn't a two-bit ISP that went down.  Almost 60% of Australia's internet users (both business and personal) were hit by the data outage that affected ADSL, Cable and NextG/3G services beginning at approximately 1:40pm AEST.

At 4:00pm AEST Telstra were reporting restored services across the country, however we still have customers suffering from a lack of Internet connectivity.

The up-side of all this?  The customers we support on the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio running on-premises and hybrid implementations were able to continue working - albeit without new communications being sent and received - unlike those on Office365 and Google, who were completely cut off from their data during the outage.

A key component of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino is the amazing replication technology, which enables users to take entire systems off-line and then synchronise only changes AT THE FIELD LEVEL (meaning it's extremely efficient!) when connectivity is restored.

The Hybrid model available through IBM technologies like IBM Lotus Notes and Domino really demonstrated their value today.  Thank heaven for Lotus Notes.


Comments

1Mike Bostock  02/23/2012 16:52:28  
When the Internet disappears ... thank heaven for Lotus Notes

Yes clouds are soft and fluffy; not much substance to them.

I see why Lotus Notes "offline" location used to be called Island now, as in Paradise Island.

2Andy Donaldson  02/23/2012 23:46:02  
When the Internet disappears ... thank heaven for Lotus Notes

I've always said Mat, that the life cycle of a cloud is they:

1. form

2. get bigger

3. spew out their contents in the form of rain or snow

4. disappear.

Never trust a cloud.

3Howard  02/24/2012 1:46:00  
When the Internet disappears ... thank heaven for Lotus Notes

Notes was around before the internet was invented (ok, maybe before it was in widespread use). We used to have dial-up replication for server to server and client to server!

Howard

4Keith Brooks  02/24/2012 3:17:33  
When the Internet disappears ... thank heaven for Lotus Notes

Thought Google put back the offline options.Anyway, no cell service, what did all the Words with Friends players do with their new found time?

5Gwen Jenkins  02/24/2012 8:36:58  
When the Internet disappears ... thank heaven for Lotus Notes

@3: I was there! Then MS announced "Blackbird" and our executives fell for it. MSN was going to take over the world! The internet would kill Notes! Notes is dead! Pointing out that Lotus was adjusting was useless. But they've never able to find replacement technology for the applications we'd developed. They're still trying, but the applications survive...

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