Google Cloud outage knocks out Gmail, Discord, Snapchat and Others

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Google Cloud outage knocks out Gmail, Discord, Snapchat and Others

A widespread Google Cloud (status information) outage on June 2 rendered popular sites and apps like YouTube and Gmail unusable for many users for a few hours, news outlets reported.
Most of the affected services were from Google itself, like Gmail, G Suite and YouTube, but third-party sites such as Discord, Snapchat and other apps that depend on Google’s infrastructure were also affected. The issues were mostly noticeable in the US and Europe.
In addition to popular social media sites, Google Cloud is relied upon by a variety of large-scale companies, including Weight Watchers, PayPal and Target. Even Apple admitted it uses Google Cloud for its iCloud storage services, The Verge reported.
Google claimed the outage was “related to a larger network issue” leading to “high levels of network congestion” in the eastern US. In a statement, the company said it would conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to its systems to help prevent or minimize future recurrence.

Google cloud Status: Knocks out Services

Even though the networking issue has been resolved, the fact that problems with Google’s cloud services could cause outages for several of the world’s most popular applications underscores how thin cloud coverage can be for modern computing architectures.
While outages like this rarely last long, they’ve happened more than once for Google in recent months. YouTube faced downtime in October, for example, while Google’s overall services went offline in November due to a routing issue. Nest also suffered a string of outages in late 2018 and early 2019.

Author: Tim Cole
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