Google App Engine has a Friday fail

Summary:Google's platform-as-a-service had major problems on Friday, with its three supported languages - Python, Java and Go - registering anomalies in service across the world.

Google App Engine, the company's platform-as-a-service, went down on Friday for many customers.

The cloud service began having problems on Friday afternoon. As of 16:44 BST, the service was reporting anomalies (pictured) for the performance of its three supported languages - Python, Java and Go - and was also showing problems for Memcache.

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Google's PaaS had problems on Friday afternoon Image: Jack Clark

"We saw it a little bit more than an hour ago, when we saw that the ability rating was dropping pretty fast," Stephane Enten, vice president of services at European cloud-monitoring company Cedexis, told me at 16:50pm in London. "Here we saw that the ability was dropping to zero globally - it's pretty severe. I think it's very rare for these kind of services to go completely down. As of a few minutes ago, it started coming back."

Many companies tweeted that their own services were down as a consequence of Google App Engine's failure, highlighting the cat's cradle of interdependencies that modern cloud computing entails. 

Services from companies such as A/B testing provider Optimizely, messaging and collaboration specialist Promevo and games company Humble were all affected as a consequence. 

It is not unusual for major clouds to go down, and Google App Engine's failure can be read as another clear sign that, as Google says, " at scale, everything breaks ".

As of 17:12pm, the service's status page was unavailable.

Topics: Cloud, Google

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Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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