Google finally has an explanation for its giant fail whale earlier today. It was Asia’s fault. For some reason, Google re-routed some of its traffic to Asia and that caused a massive traffic jam. The company says about 14 percent of users were affected, and everything is back to normal now. From the Google Blog:
Imagine if you were trying to fly from New York to San Francisco, but your plane was routed through an airport in Asia. And a bunch of other planes were sent that way too, so your flight was backed up and your journey took much longer than expected. That’s basically what happened to some of our users today for about an hour, starting at 7:48 am Pacific time.
An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. As a result, about 14% of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions. We’ve been working hard to make our services ultrafast and “always on,” so it’s especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens. We’re very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we’ll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won’t happen again. All planes are back on schedule now.
Yeah, imagine how pissed you’d be if you were on a plane to San Francisco and you landed in Hong Kong.