Msg#: 3554654 posted 5:49 pm on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)
Google operates an immense network of data centers with load-balancing, failover in place and so on. With hundreds of thousands of servers, it's just not like the average site.
It's certainly possible to look for google.com or one of their services (from one location or another) and find a temporary outage, although that is pretty rare. When it does happen, it has been extremely short term. One time about two years ago there was a short-term DNS issue but that was resolved quickly.