That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

Fast Company – by Michael Grothaus

If you’re a Google user, you probably noticed some trouble last night when trying to access Google-owned services. Last night, Google reported several issues with its Cloud Platform, which made several Google sites slow or inoperable. Because of this, many of Google’s sites and services–including Gmail, G Suite, and YouTube–were slow or completely down for users in the U.S. and Europe.

However, the Google Cloud outage also affected third-party apps and services that use Google Cloud space for hosting. Affected third-party apps and services include Discord, Snapchat, and even Apple’s iCloud services.

But an especially annoying side effect of Google Cloud’s downtime was that Nest-branded smart home products for some users just failed to work. According to reports from Twitter, many people were unable to use their Nest thermostats, Nest smart locks, and Nest cameras during the downtime. This essentially meant that because of a cloud storage outage, people were prevented from getting inside their homes, using their AC, and monitoring their babies.

For Google’s part, the company says a “network congestion issue in eastern USA” was causing the problems and that those issues have now been resolved as of 4 p.m. PT on Sunday. Still, the downtime of their Cloud Platform goes a long way to showing what can happen in an age when smart home technology requires always being connected to the cloud.

4 thoughts on “That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

  1. “A nation with a collective, room-temp IQ”

    “Stupidity is its own reward” ~ my dad

    Anyone who still uses Goolag, et al, gets what they deserve.

  2. Beware the grid. When it grinds to a halt all hell breaks loose.

    What was the grid a hundred years ago? It was people, relying on each other. It was knowledge of survivability. It was connection to the land.

    Today’s grid reminds me of HAL in the film, “2001 A Space Odyssey.” I found this about it:

    “When Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.”

    Ha!! HAL starts to think on his own, questions orders, and begins to turn off the life-support systems of some of the crew. HAL was not on the side of humanity.

    Beware the grid.


  3. Now that some funny shit , just can’t fix it don’t care how hard you try . Hi Galen how everything going

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