The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages of 2013 (So Far)


Amazon.com

Online retail therapy in the post-holiday season was briefly impacted by an Amazon.com outage that lasted approximately one hour on Jan. 31. The primary effects seemed to be isolated to the website's home page, leading to extensive speculation that the site may have been subjected to a distributed denial-of-service attack, but such speculation was not confirmed. Nonetheless, the outage demonstrated the extremely high value of uptime to services such as Amazon. Analysts calculated that one hour of interrupted service may have translated to $5 million in lost revenue.