today in the US, YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Nest, Discord, and a number of other web services suffered from major from outages.
After 5-6 hours , publicly Google announced that it was working to
resolve an outage in its Cloud computing network that had taken out.
a large chunk of Google services as well as Shopify, Snap,now this problem seems to be solve. Google’s issues started at around 3PM ET / 12PM PT, and the company resolved them after more than four hours.
The issues largely affected those on the East Coast of the US, but some YouTube and Gmail users across Europe also reported that they were unable to access the services. Google’s own G Suite Status dashboard showed problems with practically every single Google web service at one point, and Down Detector listed YouTube outage reports in a number of countries worldwide.
Discord, Snapchat, and Vimeo users are also affected, as these all use Google Cloud on the backend. Even Shopify experienced problems because of the Google outage, which prevented some stores (both brick-and-mortar and online) from processing credit card payments for hours
“The network congestion issue in eastern USA, affecting Google Cloud, G Suite, and YouTube has been resolved for all affected users as of 4:00pm US/Pacific,” the company said in a statement.
“We will conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to our systems to help prevent or minimize future recurrence. We will provide a detailed report of this incident once we have completed our internal investigation. This detailed report will contain information regarding SLA credits.”
Most companies have put their entire backend in the hands of one company and while the benefits outweigh the risks most of the time, it’s worthwhile to at least think about contingency planning.
Modern cloud architectures have slashed the cost of creating new technology businesses, but it also means that companies are typically dependent on one service for their ability to operate.
As the world becomes more networked (especially as internet-enabled devices become more prevalent in the home), it’s going to be more important for companies to have a back-up plan in place in case these services go down.
In short, it’s fine to have a dependency — like storage or computing in the cloud — just as long as companies have a way to account for their dependents.