Distributed Tracing at Scale: Analyzing Google’s June 2nd Outage

LightStep Research Brief

On Sunday June 2nd, Google Cloud Platform had an extended networking-based outage.

There was significant disruption of commonly used services like YouTube and Gmail, as well as Google hosted applications like Snapchat. LightStep Research’s ongoing synthetic testing shows that the impact was longer than the advertised incident report, and provides an example of the type of evidence you can share with a cloud provider when discussing an outage.

Read this brief to understand:
  • How to quickly understand the scope and impact of an outage
  • How to measure the performance of cloud service APIs
  • How to utilize distributed tracing at scale
  • How to fact check an incident report or status page