This is why Google is down today and it is absurdly simple

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The last surprise that awaited us to close 2020 in Spain was something that we sometimes came to think was impossible. Google was down, and with it all its main services such as Maps, Photos, Gmail, YouTube and even systems like Google Meet, which allow many classes to work virtually.

Beyond the chaos generated for an hour, the complete fall and of so many services that seem independent among them has succumbed all kinds of doubts. Has Google been the victim of a cyber attack? Is the internet in danger?

It seems that the cause was simpler than it seems.

This was the reason why Google fell

Although at first glance Google applications and services seem like an invisible entity, the reality is much more complex, and that is that the company has several gigantic data centers distributed around the world, with an extremely complex architecture and configuration and that among others things, make us think that everything works magically.

This is why Google is down today and it is absurdly simple 1This is how the various services were displayed in DownDetector.

It was really strange that suddenlyeverything stopped working like that for good. A chance as big as all Google’s servers stop working seems very suspicious, which could point to a cyber attack. The reality, at least the one that Google has made public, seems much simpler, and it is this:

Today at 12:47 p.m. (CEST), Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue. Services that require users to log in experienced high error rates during this period. The authentication system problem was resolved at 13:32 CEST All services are working again. We apologize to all those affected. We will carry out an exhaustive follow-up to ensure that this problem does not recur in the future.«.

The authentication systemIn systems like Google’s it is of vital importance, and it is that every time we access their services our applications have to go through there. If the content of your Google account were a virtual representation of our house, the authentication system would be the door. It does not matter if everything is in order inside the house, if the door is unable to open the feeling we have is that the whole system is down.

YouTube incognito

The explanation of the error by Google makes sense, and is that by accessing incognito from the browser we could continue using services such as YouTube or search without logging in. For a few hours everything has been solved (although systems such as the Gmail mail queues take longer to restore). With all this, many of us will remember today as the day that Google fell, something that says a lot about the quality of the service.

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