A send DB mail process was executed on Friday:
- placed on the mail queue at 2016-03-04 12:21:22.937,
- it wasn’t sent until 2016-03-04 16:00:01.000, 1311 seconds later.
DATEDIFF(SECOND,send_request_date,sent_date) is at most a few seconds. What could have caused this massive time gap?
SELECT *, DATEDIFF(SECOND,send_request_date,sent_date) FROM msdb.dbo.sysmail_sentitems;
Network Communication or a problem with the mailserver would be my guess. Check the log for the Mail server during this period. Chanses are you’ll find it was unavailiable.