Downtime

The Year in Downtime: The Top 10 Outages of 2013

There was a wide range of causes for data center downtime in 2013. The year’s major outages covered the spectrum, affecting clouds, companies, payment networks and governments at the federal, state and local level. Here’s our list of the Top 10 outages of 2013. Read More

The HealthCare.gov Experience: Why Critical Systems Fail

Richard Cook, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The amazing thing isn’t that systems like the healthcare.gov government web site can fail in spectacular fashion, says Dr. Richard Cook. It’s that it doesn’t happen more often. Cook, an expert on failures in complex systems, says it’s human nature to push these systems to the “hairy edge of failure.” Read More

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