Google Website Down: Yahoo and Myspace Also Experience Major Outages
Sept. 26, 2006:
AP reports that Google services were slow or inaccessible to some users Tuesday. “We've received reports that a small portion of certain Internet service providers' users are having difficulty accessing Google services,” Google Inc. said in a statement. “We are currently working with the ISPs to investigate.”
There have been other serious outages among major website, including Yahoo, Myspace, YouTube and others.
July 26, 2006: The Google search website, as well as other Google functionality, such as ad delivery, seems to have experienced some major outages in the evening of Wednesday, July 26. No news yet on how widespread the outage was.
Other sites were affected as well, such as the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate.com home page, which wouldn't load because the page's HTML code contained some Google code near the top, which prevented the rest of the page from loading.
Social networking site MySpace.com was down on two separate occasions for 6 and 12 hours on July 22-24 due to a data center power outage caused by a record heat wave in California. The first outage at approximately 8:45 PM EDT on Saturday July 22 and lasted for about six hours. The second began about 9:30 pm on Sunday July 23 and lasted for approximately 12 hours.
Some Yahoo users also reported being locked out of Yahoo mail, IM, Search and Content services during the same weekend. The company blamed the problems on power outages as well.
With more powerful blade servers, clusters, and associated networking gear, ower consumption due to increased cooling needs at large data centers is a mounting concern.
Advances in technologies, such as lower power chips, multi-core processors, and on-chip power management help somewhat, but the issue continues to be a problem for mission-critical operations, particularly when state and municipal power providers are already near maximum capacity in many areas.
Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are all building massive data centers in Oregon and Washington state in areas where electricity is cheaper, and there is ready access to data networking.
Google's not-so-secret complex in The Dalles, Oregon, sits alongside the Columbia river 80 miles east of Portland, and not far from a huge power source: The Dalles Dam, a 1.8 million kilowatt power plug.
More info here:
- 9/26/06: Google Goes Dark for Some Users
- Myspace.com Down Due to Power Outage
- Yahoo Down Due to Power Outage
- Google's New Data Center in The Dalles, OR
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[Updated Sept. 26, 2006]