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.

Woah.

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RE: DNS?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 19th Aug 2013 14:16 UTC in reply to "DNS?"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

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?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

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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RE[3]: DNS?
by Soulbender on Mon 19th Aug 2013 18:01 in reply to "RE[2]: DNS?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I do find it funny that the article suggests that the five minute outage will cause apprehensive water cooler gossip.


I would think that is nonsense. No one notices a 5 minute outage, not even if its Google. Everyone's going to think it's something with their ISP or whatever and just do something else for a few minutes. At the end of the day the only ones who cares about such a short notice are journalists desperate for a scoop.

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