Google is currently in the process of resolving a major outage of its Google Cloud service which is affecting multiple internal and external services ranging from YouTube and Gmail to Discord and Snapchat.

We appear to be about 4 hours into the issue, with Google saying on their status page:

We continue to experience high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube. Users may see slow performance or intermittent errors. Our engineering teams have completed the first phase of their mitigation work and are currently implementing the second phase, after which we expect to return to normal service. We will provide an update by Sunday, 2019-06-02 16:00 US/Pacific.

The most recent update notes:

The network congestion issue affecting Google Cloud, G Suite, and YouTube is resolved for the vast majority of users, and we expect a full resolution in the near future. We will provide another status update by Sunday, 2019-06-02 17:00 US/Pacific with current details.

It appears Europe and USA are most affected, but DownDetector confirms the issue appears to be largely resolved.

Of the major players, Google has by far the smallest cloud service but appears to have fewer service interruptions, with the last being in November 2018.  This compares favourably to Microsoft’s Azure, which appears to have one every few weeks.

Were any of our readers affected? Let us know below.

Via Engadget.com

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