Outage Déjà vu: Google Drive Goes Down

Michelle DeFiore

Feels like just last week I was writing about an outage for one of the major players on the web. Oh, that’s right, it was just last week! Well, its happened again, but to a different, yet equally powerful and technically savvy player, Google.

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As a self-professed Google Drive and Docs lover, I found myself without a mainstay of my daily life for a bit today, when I couldn’t access and edit a Google Doc I was working on. After searching a bit (ironically enough using Google) online, I quickly realized that the service was down for many.

What’s interesting about this and last week’s outage, is that they happened to tech heavyweights. Maintaining a highly complex and dynamic infrastructure is tough and it takes some real talent and knowledge paired with great tools to do that. But you don’t have to figure it all out alone.

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  • I also experienced that with Google Drive. Although it was very frustrating, I find it quite alarming to know that someone as big as “Google” still experience this outage. I guess we owe it a lot to the infrastructure guys who make sure that issues like storage overflows and network outages won’t happen.