On the 20th of August 2020, we saw a sudden problem in Gmail, Google Drive, and Meet. All these services appeared to be offline. Some users were able to access them but mostly they were down. Google immediately got on the case and said that they were investigating the outage. According to a post on Google’s status page, they were aware of the problem.
Another update came that said the same thing that they were still looking into it.
According to the Google status page, the following services were effected:
- Google Drive
- Google Docs
- Google Meet
- Google Voice
All the other services offered by Google were working properly.
Now as far as iOS and Android app development services are concerned, this is a common thing. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. But Google is something that we all think is above such problems.
If we go back in time a little bit, we see that it happens to the best of us.
Here are some of the times when Google stopped working.
Back in 2013, we saw that Google went dark for about 2 minutes. Now that is not that big a deal, right?
But, it is. The two minutes that Google was dark saw 40% decrease in the world’s internet traffic. Now, that is a huge deal. Every Android and iOS app development services company dreams of having a status like this.
For most people it lasted for somewhere between 1 and 5 minutes.
Again we saw Google and some other services going down in 2017. This time it was Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube. This one was massive to say the least.
In 2019, an outage took out YouTube, Gmail, Snapchat, Nest, Discord, and a whole lot of other services offered by Google. They found that the problem came from Google Cloud services that power not only the Google apps but others as well. Other apps that were affected were Vimeo, Shopify, among others.
There have been other localized events as well, but nothing as major as the above-mentioned situations.
This proves that even giant tech companies have a hard time every now and then. If you have a small to medium business and you are worried about your app or website crashing, it’s time you started working on a backup strategy.