We're their next door neighbor. (yes, really.)
What you do when there is a power outage in your area? You simply check out the neighbor's buildings to have a sharp look. In case you found the absence of lights around you, you usually get assured of the situation. But it is the same case with the Google services. How do you determine if there are Google servers down? Just like the power outage, you cannot have a glance at your neighbors. But there is a way to find out the availability of the Google service.
You can look out for the Suite Status Dashboard. It has almost 20 services that Google offers. These are Google services; including Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive to name a few. The global tech giant shares the status of these services here. And, if there is an issue in the service, you can get intimation in front of the service or Google outage.
You can access the G suite dashboard by a simple click over
to https://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=status in your favorite web browser.
You can see the listed services in the 'Current Status' column of the dashboard. A visual indication of its status is next to each service. A green symbol indicates that the operation runs without any problems. In case the indicator is red (service outage) or orange (service disruption). Google usually conveys the information about the problem after a service interruption or failure such as google drive down, google cloud outage, and when it is supposed to be fixed.
The G Suite Status Dashboard also provides a history of service interruptions and outages in the last two months. If you have recurrent issues, this will come in handy. For example, you can review the background to see if there were any service failures or outages on certain days if you frequently have trouble remaining linked to your Gmail account. If you learn that there were no problems at the end of Google, we will troubleshoot and resolve the issue for you until the Google servers down.
A basic technological failure can trigger a significant disruption to the services. A firmware upgrade for a small number of servers can go wrong. This serves the major services to a region. It might be the root cause of the interruption. The problem can be exacerbated by the wrong configuration of a higher number of servers in many neighboring locations.
The incident can trigger enforcement over the usage of the bandwidth of the network. That serves Google services. It forces the network traffic (Incoming/Outgoing) to fit into the remaining bandwidth. However, it does not seem feasible. As bandwidth decreases it leaves a lesser space to the high bandwidth services such as YouTube or Google Drive. Further, it can be a cause of the outage of some Google services.
However, the Google engineering team always takes an instant action over the cause of concern.
In the case of technological failures, it is easy to determine the causes. And, they act in a fraction of time to keep up the services. But if the network is congested, then it becomes hard. They cannot fast track the resolution due to the slowness of the network.
Besides, once they find the core solution of the problem, and implement the same. The team tries to manifest the issues in order to find the permanent fix of the problem. Down Google home app can have a major impact on the experience of the users. That is not the part of the Google manifestation while they are the global leader in internet technologies.
Google put extra efforts to keep their services abreast. But as an essential internet service user, no one wants to have a disruption or outage of Google services.