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9 Spectacular Cloud Computing Fails

For some of you, the cloud failures listed here may simply highlight areas where cloud service providers need to grow or adapt in order to better service their customers. For others, the examples may be more personal, as your data or applications may have been affected.
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CloudFlare Brings Down 785,000 Websites
Some cloud providers offer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tools designed to secure a customer's online presence and improve website uptime. As is sometimes the case, the SaaS cloud that is supposed to help improve uptime has the exact opposite effect. Such was the case when CloudFlare's edge routers were upgraded simultaneously, which caused them all to crash. As a result, approximately 785,000 customer websites were unavailable for about an hour.
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CloudFlare Brings Down 785,000 Websites

Some cloud providers offer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tools designed to secure a customer's online presence and improve website uptime. As is sometimes the case, the SaaS cloud that is supposed to help improve uptime has the exact opposite effect. Such was the case when CloudFlare's edge routers were upgraded simultaneously, which caused them all to crash. As a result, approximately 785,000 customer websites were unavailable for about an hour.

(Image: Cloudflare)

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7/21/2015 | 1:59:20 PM
Re: 9 Spectacular Cloud Computing Fails
Good point, @jagibbons. It's true, having more scrutiny magnifies the impact of its failures even more than its successes.
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