Google has admitted the cause of the Gmail gfail outage, which stopped scores of millions from accessing their email yesterday morning. Want to know why you were locked out? Find out after the break.

Google has apologised for and explained the cause of the Gmail gfail yesterday, which prevented millions of users from using the free webmail service on Tuesday morning. Gremlins in the system, see – or a data centre that collapsed.

“Unexpected side effects of some new code that tries to keep data geographically close to its owner caused [a] data centre in Europe to become overloaded, and that caused cascading problems from one data centre to another,” Google’s site reliability boss Acacio Cruz said. Whoops.

If you were one of the unlucky ones stuck in a communications void though, Google offered some consolation: all its staff were shut out too! “We run Google on Gmail, so outages like this affect us the same way they affect you,” he said. Ah, cloud computing eh?

Out Now | £free | Google (Via The Register)

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