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 that Google has some egg on its face and that the outage was an entirely self-inflicted wound.
The failure was ultimately caused by the company’s Identity Management System, which failed after a bug limited the amount of storage space available to it. As a result of that failure, users around the world suddenly found themselves unable to access their Google Drives, YouTube accounts, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more. Even Google Maps was offline for a time. Google responded quickly and efficiently and limited the outage to a bit less than an hour.