Google’s Identity Management System’s failure due to a bug limited the amount of storage space available to it. As a result of Google’s failure, users worldwide suddenly found themselves unable to access their Google Drive, YouTube accounts, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more. Even Google Maps was offline for a time. Google responded quickly and efficiently to Identity Management System’s failure and limited the outage to a bit less than an hour.
Once there was a resolution to the Identity Management System’s failure, Google tweeted out the following from their Google Cloud Account:
“Today, at 3.47AM PT Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue. This was resolved at 4:32AM PT, and all services are now restored.”
Later, Google Cloud’s status page posted the following update and clarification:
“Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace experienced a global outage affecting all services which require Google account authentication for a duration of 50 minutes. The root cause was an issue in our automated quota management system which reduction of the capacity for Google’s central identity management system, causing it to return errors globally. As a result, we couldn’t verify that user requests were authentic and served errors to our users.”
On a global scale, Google experienced Identity Management System failure, what you’ll run into on your desktop PC if you run out of hard drive space. Suddenly, the various applications you’re running start to crash.
The problem has a solution, and Google has taken steps to ensure that they don’t find themselves in a similar circumstance in the future.
Google Storage Was The Cause Of Their Recent Global Outage, and if you make extensive use of Google’s products, you almost certainly noticed the worldwide outage of Google’s services.
As details continue to emerge about the outage, it’s increasingly clear the outage was their fault.