Google Outage Sharpens Focus on Cloud Network Reliability

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Sunday’s major outage for the Google Cloud Platform disrupted YouTube and Gmail, as well as popular hosted services that rely on Google’s infrastructure, including Snapchat, Shopify and Pokemon Go.

Google said the downtime was caused by unusual network congestion in its operations in the Eastern U.S. In an incident report, Google said that YouTube measured a 10 percent drop in global views during the incident, while Google Cloud Storage measured a 30 percent reduction in traffic.

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