The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages of 2013 (So Far)


As Google encourages users to become more dependent on Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail, service interruptions can have an even more profound effect on the Mountain View, Calif.-based company's users. Such was the case on April 17 when a relatively short-lived glitch demonstrated the challenges of high-percentage uptime for all of Google's three services. According to Google, the outage occurred in its Gmail cloud email service, which affected the other three services. A login configuration flaw that caused server overloads was believed to be at least part of the problem. Of its 425 million users, "less than 0.0007" were affected, the company said. After Google reported the problem, services were back up and running within about an hour. But, problems continued in the following days, leading to part two of Google's service outages woes ...

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