Google had to deal with its second cloud outage in three weeks, as the Google Calendar service was hit by a three-hour outage that made it inaccessible to users around the world starting at around 7:22 a.m. Pacific time. In a message on its website posted at 10:13 a.m. Pacific time, Google said the issue “should be resolved.”
These types of disruptions are a reminder of the technical challenges involved with keeping global-scale internet services up and running. Cloud outages are especially problematic for Google, which is trailing Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the market for basic services like cloud servers, storage and databases. Former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene often pointed to service uptime as a competitive differentiator.
Google also suffered a four-hour outage on June 2 which took down G Suite productivity apps and YouTube, as well as third-party services like Snap.