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Google Cloud was down: disruptions in Discord, Pokémon GO, Snapchat and Spotify

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Quite a few services were struggling with outages last night. Somehow I noticed that several platforms were affected at the same time. We went to the bottom of it. Why the Google Cloud was down and the internet collapsed as a result.

We reported on the biggest disruptions yesterday: Discord, Facebook, Snapchat and Spotify were down. In addition, it affected the Pokémon GO servers, which we had not specifically mentioned. After the first two disturbances at the same time, we were puzzled and investigated the matter. In fact, we were right: it wasn't the services themselves, but a larger hub. The Google Cloud was down.

Google Cloud down - and the internet collapses

To explain: The Google Cloud is a hosting service of the search engine giant. Here developers can build their infrastructure for apps or Prohave gramme hosted. Since the cloud is quite dynamic, this lends itself quite well to developers and rely on so-called cloud services. In addition to AWS (Amazon Web Services), there is also Google as one of the largest providers. Had Amazon yesterday during the Prime Day even own Proproblem with the cloud service Google was now also affected.

It appears that all four have services and Pokémon GO (was also down last night) hosted their services on Google. Although Google reacted quickly and had regular updates on the status page posted the consequences were devastating. After all, hundreds or even thousands of services (which we don't even know about here) were not available at the same time, or only to a limited extent.

We will probably experience such failures more often in the future - all services rely on one provider. If this fails, nothing works anymore. It is unclear why none of the above-mentioned platforms operated redundant (mirrored and fail-safe, distributed across multiple providers) servers at that time.

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renees

operate and cluster several servers independently of each other, proproblem done. blame yourself if you rely on one proleaves vider and does not start any replacement servers.

Günther

The world's biggest data sick man was down, what works? Neither do the other big sites. Facebook not yet.
Here it is Problem

Felix Grabmayr

Sad but true: in the future we will probably no longer die of hunger or thirst, but of server downness. Sad.

Thomas

Well, think that everyone has relied on Google as it is the provider with the greatest uptime.

Lukas

Yes, that's exactly where it is Problem, only rely on one provider

Felix Grabmayr

Is the Amazon Cloud Better? On Prime Day you could see that the Amazon site on your own cloud was down

Timo

In your own cloud? Nonsense, those were error messages and it wasn't down.

Günther

Not anymore