Google cloud suffers two-hour global outage


Google Compute Engine (GCE), the infrastructure-as-a-service component of Google’s global cloud platform, suffered a two-hour outage this morning.

Google reported at 7.46am GMT that it was investigating an issue with GCE that began at 6.59am. At 8.01am it confirmed that it was a network issue that had caused multiple zones to lose connectivity.

At 9.31am, Google reported that the problem was resolved shortly after 9.00am, but gave no details as to what had caused the incident and what impact it had.

“We are sorry for any issues this may have caused to you or your users and thank you for your patience and continued support,” it wrote on its cloud status page. “Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are constantly working to improve the reliability of our systems.”

The company added that it will provide a detailed analysis of the incident once it has completed an internal investigation.

GCE is a popular cloud service among businesses for allowing them to use virtual machines hosted on Google's infrastructure, which also runs Google's search engine, Gmail and YouTube, as well as other Google services.

Like all cloud services, GCE relies on constant connectivity and uptime, so the two-hour outage is likely to have impacted many organisations that run their business on the platform.

Information Age has contacted Google for comment.

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