If anything, 2013 is a tough year for cloud computing services so far. From Amazon.com going down at extremely inopportune times, to Microsoft’ multi-day breakdown, cloud computing services are still seemingly as unreliable as ever.
It turns out, the cloud computing services and architectures are just as prone to downtime as their on-premise counterparts.
Do you see cloud computing outages will cause systemic problems to your organisation in 2013 and beyond? What are you currently doing to prevent your cloud computing outages?
Here we take a look at the biggest cloud outages of 2013 … so far.
Amazon.com home page goes down
Date: Jan. 31, 2013
Duration: 49 minutes
Failure: Earlier this year, internet users were unable to reach the Amazon.com’s main website for a 45-minute-long period, with the site returning a mostly blank page that reads “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable.”
Fallout: some industry-watchers estimated the site could have potentially suffered close to $5 million in missed revenue.
Dropbox crashed and burned
Date: Jan. 10, 2013
Duration: Around 16 hour
Failure: Dropbox, the hugely popular file-sync-store-and-share service, Around 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Dropbox acknowledged its services were on the fritz, telling customers via Twitter that all client-syncing and file-uploading would be unavailable “for approximately the next hour.”
Fallout: Dropbox customers took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction, using the hashtag #DropboxDown to organize the complaints. “Dropbox is down. Users are wailing. Can’t trust cloud 100%,” one user said.
Date: Jan. 28, 2013
Duration: Two to three hours
Failure: Facebook users around the globe found themselves unable to keep up with their friends’ status updates on the morning of Jan. 28. Facebook said the downtime was the result of a DNS issue that “prevented people who typed ‘facebook.com’ into their browsers from reaching the site” — an issue that was easy enough to resolve.
A rough month for Microsoft
Date: Feb. 1-2, 2013
Duration: Around two hours
Failure: On Feb. 1, the Microsoft’s Office 365 editing suite and Outlook.com mail service both stuttered. Users were unable to access the services for about two hours. Then, a day later, Microsoft’s Bing search engine suffered a nearly two-hour outage of its own.
Microsoft’s second Outages
Date: Feb. 22, 2013
Duration: Over 12 hours
Early in the evening of Feb. 22, the Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud storage service went kaput, with all attempts at secure access timing out as unavailable.
Google Drive Outages
Date: March 18-19, 2013
Duration: About 17 hours total
The online file storage site Google Drive had been inaccessible for a large number of users, Google Drive struggled to load one particular folder, but loaded others with no more than the usual delay.
Date: March 3, 2013
Duration: About an hour
On the morning of March 3, the company’s own site and all of its services kicked the bucket, taking down some 785,000 other sites — including Wikileaks, 4chan, and some government websites — along with them.