Update: 17:20: It now appears both Google Drive and Gmail are back online. Google has confirmed to V3 that the services were restored and are once again operational.
Google's Drive storage service and enormously popular Gmail email service have both been hit by outages, with the cause currently unknown.
Users on Twitter have been citing problems with both services for around 30 minutes and in the V3 office both services are inaccessible or running incredibly slowly.
Chrome browsers are also crashing when users try to access the services, some users have reported.
The website downrightnow.com which tracks if sites are experiencing problems is also noting the outages.
Currently no information relating to the outages is available on the firm's Apps Status page and Google had not responded to V3's request for information at the time of publication.
The incident is embarrassing for Google as it seeks to tout its service against rivals such as Microsoft's Outlook web email service or Dropbox storage service in both the consumer and enterprise markets.
It also highlights the risks of using public cloud hosted services that are vulnerable to disruptions without any guarantee of service level support or dedicated customer account managers.
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