Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Aug 2013 10:33 UTC
Internet & Networking

Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% as Google services suffered a complete black-out, according to web analytics experts.

The tech company said all of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night.

The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information when contacted by Sky News Online.

According to web analytics firm GoSquared, global internet traffic fell by around 40% during the black-out, reflecting Google's massive grip on the web.


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by Morgan on Mon 19th Aug 2013 10:52 UTC
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I have no idea how Google's servers are set up, but the only thing I can think of that would cause a service-wide outage would be a major DNS issue.

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by Hayoo! on Mon 19th Aug 2013 12:07 in reply to "DNS?"
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Next question would be: how could a giant like Google experience major DNS issue? Certainly their servers and network aren't being handled by probies or summer interns, right?

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 19th Aug 2013 14:16 in reply to "DNS?"
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I have some idea how they are set up, given past articles about how they run things. There are about a million ways that could happen. Speculating is kind of fruitless. It undoubtedly had a low probability of happening, but did.

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RE[2]: DNS?
by Morgan on Mon 19th Aug 2013 15:56 in reply to "RE: DNS?"
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There are about a million ways that could happen. Speculating is kind of fruitless.

Very true. I just mentioned the most obvious knee-jerk answer, but I'm sure I'm wrong, as others have pointed out.

I do find it funny that the article suggests that the five minute outage will cause apprehensive water cooler gossip. I suppose at companies that exclusively use Google business services, sure, but at the little company I work for it was no big deal, and we use Gmail and Drive.

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by Soulbender on Mon 19th Aug 2013 15:42 in reply to "DNS?"
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I would expect a company of Google's size to use anycast DNS in which case an outage is unlikely.

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