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The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages Of 2014 (So Far)

Joseph Tsidulko

Dropbox, Jan. 10

The cloud storage company underwent a global outage beginning at about 8:30 pm EST.

In a postmortem, Dropbox said it was upgrading the OS on some of its machines that store databases used for features like photo album sharing and camera uploads, but not its core business of file storage. A subtle bug in the upgrade script tried to reinstall an OS on an active machine, and the system went haywire.

The Dropbox website returned server error messages and desktops and mobiles wouldn't file sync.

Most of the service was recovered from backups within three hours, but full core service was not fully restored for two days.

 
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