Google Blip

While Google’s YouTube outage today generated a steady stream of tweets and blog posts, a quick look at traffic across 50 or so small / mid-size ISPs around the world suggests this was more of a “blip” than a global outage.


Certainly the outage was nowhere as large nor prolonged as the great “GoogleLapse” last year.

Below is a graph of traffic originating in Google (AS 15169) over the last 24 hours using data from 50 ISPs around the world selected at random. All times are EDT. Looks like a small outage overnight preceded the larger traffic 8am EDT drop-off.

Google Blip

And a quick aside, my intent is not to pick on Google (unless, of course, they do not pick Ann Arbor) — all providers have outages. I just find Google an especially interesting case study given their size and overall impact on the Internet.

3 Responses to “Google Blip”

March 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm, stretch said:

When I read the headline I immediately thought, “oh, another new Google service.”

March 26, 2010 at 11:37 am, stiennon said:

Great graph. Very interesting similarity in the recovery curves. Is that a network artifact or a user artifact? By network I mean like what you would see after a DNS zone file is updated. By user I mean the effect from people slowly returning to YouTube after abandoning it?

Thank you.

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