Google Goes Down, What The Flux?

A supposed electrical incident at a significant Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has left 3 people with serious burns and a severe disruption throughout Google services. Everybody at Flux would like to wish the 3 people who sustained injuries a full and speedy recovery.


At around midday local time, there were reports of a large explosion from the Google data center in Council Bluffs. Jim Wood, the assistant chief of the local fire department, is on record saying that “it was definitely some sort of electrical issue.” The cause of the electrical issue is currently unknown.


As Council Bluffs is a significant data center for Google, the incident has caused major issues and outages across Google, particularly disrupting their search engine, Google search.

Downdetector, a popular monitoring website that tracks outages across major websites, reported that over 40,000 people reported issues the evening following the explosion. Google acknowledged the disruption, which they put down to a software update being implemented a few hours after the explosion at one of their data centers.

This event is a clear example of why the future of cloud services and network infrastructure cannot be centralized under the control of these giant corporations and their humongous data centers. That one incident caused such a massive disruption of a vital piece of infrastructure is the biggest testament to future decentralization.


This is the second time Google’s cloud infrastructure has made headlines in just a few days. A few days ago, Fanhouse, a popular online platform that helps creators monetize their content, was down for several hours due to their hosting provider Google Cloud.

Server disruption, or what they call ‘server overload,’ is the most common reason why websites crash. These problems tend to occur due to the inflexibility of centralized providers.


When hosting your website or any other data on a centralized system, you do not have complete control of your information and are at the mercy of the hosting providers.

This is why more and more applications are joining Flux and its decentralized ecosystem. Using Flux, you can host your website and application across 12000 nodes across the globe. This adds a layer of redundancy to Flux nodes as the network will automatically move to another location if the current one becomes unavailable.

This means that a situation that happened at Google’s data center is impossible on Flux. Flux’s network cannot be shut down due to a malfunction from one location, thus making Flux more resilient to system failure and outside attempts at censorship.


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