Yes, Gmail Was Down


Google’s Gmail is experiencing an outage this afternoon. What’s remarkable is the volume of commenting and Tweeting (looks like about 1,000 per minute) with users remarking/complaining about the outage, a reminder of how essential Gmail has become for many users. 

“We’re aware that people are having trouble accessing Gmail,” Google said on its Twitter account. “We’re working on fixing it.” A post on the Gmail blog added that “if you have IMAP or P0OP set up already, you should be able to access your mail that way in the meantime.” UPDATE: As of 5:15 pm Eastern time, it appears the Gmail web interface is back up for most users.

Gmail also had an extended outage in February when a code change triggered “cascading problems” that overloaded a data center in Europe. For more background on that outage, aliong with a broader overview of Google’s incident management, see our interview with Google senior VP of operations Urs Hoelzle (How Google Routes Around Outages).

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. I was also having trouble reaching (Google Canada) during this outage, both sites and were returing server errors.

  2. Steve

    Why doesn't this article appear if you click the "Downtime" category?

  3. Hmmm ... its assigned to the "Downtime" category (as well as "Google") and I see it when I view that channel.

  4. Steve

    Hmm, seems fine now. Maybe it was browser cache or something else. Odd. Anyway, thanks. Delete my comment(s) if you want, since they weren't correct...

  5. I am so tryed of the run around,when a you full out the form and you tell me that my e-mail is not right. I would like a g mail.Thank you