Users of Google's (GOOGL) - Get Report ubiquitous cloud-based G Suite of services that includes Gmail, Google Docs and Google Meet got knocked out for a time on Thursday, highlighting how dependent the world is on cloud-based computing in the time of Covid-19.
Google’s cloud-based services went dark across a wide swath of the globe, with outages for a large number of customers in Europe and Asia that left millions with no way to send email or access files.
The disruptions first began Thursday morning, with users reporting they were unable log in to their accounts, send messages or attachments or sync files. Other problems included posting messages on Google Chat and recording on Google Meet, the company’s version of Zoom.
The outages are believed to be concentrated in the U.K., Greece, Spain, Germany, France, Japan, and Malaysia. As of Thursday morning, Google had acknowledged the issues and said it was working on restoring the services, though did not provide a reason for the disruption.
The outages come at a critical time for Alphabet-owned Google and other cloud-based service providers, notably Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep workers apart and working remotely, prompting more reliance on cloud-based software and communications services than ever.
As of 7:10 am ET service had been restored, according to Google.