The 10 Biggest Cloud Stories Of 2012


3. Just How Reliable Is The Cloud?

On Oct. 22, Amazon Web Services went down in its Northern Virginia market, causing website outages for scores of companies, including Reddit, Pinterest and Airnb.

It was the third time in 12 months that AWS experienced a disruption of services and was the latest in a series of outages throughout the year by several major cloud service providers, including Microsoft Windows Azure and Google.

AWS said users should follow guidelines and place service contracts in more than one availability zone, but the question of whether to trust core applications in the cloud remains.