Google became the latest public cloud vendor to experience a worldwide cloud outage this week.
Google Compute Engine (GCE), the company’s infrastructure as a service offering, went down on Wednesday just before 11p.m. PT across all its zones—Google’s term for what is more commonly referred to in cloud computing as regions. The system came back online two hours later. This comes three months to the day after Microsoft Azure’s five hour global cloud outage.
From what’s been made publicly available, it was a “substantial outage,” according to Jason Read, founder of CloudHarmony, a Laguna Beach, CA company that conducts independent, third-party monitoring of cloud vendor uptime.