As cloud services proliferate, they drive much of the growth in the data center industry. Unfortunately, from time to time, even some of the biggest service providers experience cloud outages. The bigger the provider, the more companies and people are affected by the outage.
Cloud outages are unavoidable, and the best a provider can do when their service goes down is put all hands on deck to identify, isolate, and resolve the problem, while maintaining honest and timely communication with their customers.
Our sister publication Talkin’ Cloud has compiled information on seven worst cloud outages that have taken place so far this year. Let us know if you remember a massive outage that's not on this list but should be. The big ones this year so far were:
- Level 3 Communications in June
- AOL mail in February
- Microsoft’s Outlook.com in April
- Google Compute Engine in February
- Apple iCloud in May
- Apple’s App Store and iTunes in March
- Verizon IaaS in January – a planned outage we covered in depth on Data Center Knowledge