In reading the CNet story Google puts brakes on Accelerator, I found my bullshit detector going off repeatedly.
Google cited capacity as the reason for putting the brake on downloads of Accelerator, which is designed to speed the delivery of Web pages. A message on the site said the company has reached its "maximum capacity of users and (we) are actively working to increase the number of users we can support."
The weird thing is that I never heard or ready anyone complaining that the service was slow. Or unreliable.
Aside from Blogger slowness, I had always thought they knew how to build really big, scalable systems.
A Google representative denied on Wednesday that the removal of the tool was connected to the security fears. "It is a limited beta," he said, "and we reached the capacity of users."
Was it announced as a limited beta? I don't remember seeing that anywhere. And I can find no reference to it.
I have a hard time believing that a company with that much infrastructure is having capacity problems with a service that's likely being used by a relatively small number of people, considering how many were scared away by the admitted information leaks and security problems.
Posted by jzawodn at May 11, 2005 12:36 PM