Gmail Outage

Like many of you, I was affected by Gmail's outage on Monday. The previous week, our family blog was affected by the Sitemeter bug which prevented IE7 users from viewing thousands of web sites included the infamous

There's been a fast movement towards "cloud computing" (even my company Intuit is getting into the picture with our Small Business Connected Strategy) but the Gmail and Sitemeter incidents have exposed how your business can become vulnerable to operational breakdowns in cloud providers. Is this an example of more problems to come or over time are we unlikely to see breakdowns of this scale?