On January 9, 2019, at approximately 11:20AM AEDT, the xMatters monitoring tools alerted Client Assistance to an issue with our hosting service in the Asia-Pacific region. During the incident, which lasted less than 20 minutes, some customers reported encountering a 503 error or a blank screen when attempting to access their xMatters instance, and events and notifications were not being accepted or processed.
This issue was caused by a connectivity failure within the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IAAS) in the Asia-Pacific region. No egress traffic to the Internet from the Australian region was functional due to issues within Google's networks.
As soon as the issue was detected, the Client Assistance team initiated the internal major incident management process and launched an investigation. The incident response teams quickly determined that all internal services were functioning normally, but traffic was not being sent to the internet. The teams immediately escalated the incident to the GCP team, who confirmed that they were experiencing issues and posted information about the problem on their status portals. While Google continued to investigate and attempt to restore their service, the incident response teams began implementing a work-around solution to re-route traffic through another region. During the implementation of the workaround, Google restored their services and by 16:35 all instances were reporting as functional and healthy.
At xMatters, we understand that availability is at the core of our service and treat the requirements of our customers as a mission critical service. As a precaution against possible future issues with Google services, the Operations and Engineering teams are committed to establishing a formalized work-around procedure that will bypass problematic services and allow us to continue to deliver services in the event of a failure.
January 9, 2019 11:15AM - xMatters team discovers connectivity issues in the APAC Region
11:21AM - xMatters Client Assistance initiates major incident management process, launches investigation
11:23AM - Issue identified as external
11:25AM - Issue reported to Google Support
11:33AM - Operations begins work-around to attempt to mitigate issue for xMatters customers
11:35AM - Google reports service restored, all instances reported functional