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The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages Of 2016 (So Far)

Joseph Tsidulko

Cloud Outages Are Business Outages

Every business is becoming a software business, the maxim goes, which means cloud outages translate to business outages.

As enterprises migrate more mission-critical workloads into production cloud environments, mere minutes of downtime from a provider can significantly impact profits, damage relations with customers, and cause IT administrators to prematurely age.

But while the global economy increasingly hinges on the ability of cloud services providers -- especially those operating at hyper-scale proportions -- to guarantee uptime and maintain service, outages are still common.

The causes can range from power outages to faulty software updates to overloaded servers to database errors. And far too often, we never learn the true nature and scope of the service failure.

Here are some of the cloud outages that have grabbed headlines in the first half of 2016.

(For more on the "coolest" of 2016, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")

 
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