Google App Engine has a Friday fail

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.

TOPICS: Cloud, Google

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.

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

Jack Clark

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  • It doesn't hurt

    ... b/c no one uses it anyway.
  • Where is the geodiverse redundancy? Did it fail at datacenters all around

    the world? Why are these cloud apps offline if only a handful of datacenters had trouble? Somethings missing from this picture.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Funny

    Funny how when it happens to RIM, they are painted as incompetent but when it happens to everyone else, apparently they are not.
    Susan Antony
    • Re: Funny

      @Susan - no, it's just Google (and Apple) that get a pass. If it was Azure that had the glitch, ZDNet would be heralding the end of the world as we know it.
  • I remember my Android Phone.

    Yea what a great phone when it wasn't locked up on a glitch. When it happened I would just remove the battery and put it back in. Then I would wait for it to boot. I would do that 2 to 3 times per day. But it was a great phone between the re-boots.

    Usually on the weekends I would reformat it. Sometimes that helped.

    Now I have a Windows phone and it always works and it is always way fast. But the android has 150,000 apps and the windows phone only has 75,000 apps. So if I travel to Botswana I might have trouble checking the weather or playing a chess tournament in Russia. Other than that, I have all the 15 apps I need and here's the best part....... My windows phone works and it's fast.
    Joe Padilla