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The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages Of 2014

No matter how good the underlying technology, no matter how competent the hosting provider, clouds sometimes suffer outages. This is the list companies don't want to make. Here are CRN's top 10 cloud outages of the year.

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Xen Vulnerability Reboots: AWS, Rackspace, IBM SoftLayer; late November

While not exactly a cloud outage, several major public clouds were forced to perform emergency reboots near the end of November, disrupting operations for many of their customers.

The reboots were instigated by a security vulnerability discovered in the popular Xen open-source hypervisor.

AWS, Rackspace and SoftLayer all gave customers little warning -- in some cases just hours -- that they would be temporarily taken offline and then need to relaunch their cloud services.

An advisory was released to the general public after all the cloud providers had completed installing patches.

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