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We will frequently update this Blog when we come across cloud computing outages. Two of the cloud industry’s largest and most well known providers – RackSpace and Amazon have suffered outages . RackSpace experienced 4 major outages in 2009. In April 2011, Amazon suffered daily /hourly outages in April and August. Recently this June (2012), Amazon was down again and this outage took out major web based clients like NetFlix, Instagram and Pinterest.

Oct 11th 2012 – Australian telecom and cloud provider, Macquarie Telecom, has suffered an outage which has taken down 65  business customers for up to 48 hours. ” Over the last 48 hours 65 customers have experienced network outages that have left them unable to access cloud storage,” Macquarie Telecom managing director of Hosting Aidan Tudehope said in a statement to The Australian. (source

Oct 15th, 2012 – Amazon EC2 suffers another outage lasting approximately 4 hours. According to the Amazon website…”At 2:08 AM PDT We are investigating possible network connectivity issues for EC2 in the US-EAST-1 region.” Finally annoucement made…”5:17 AM PDT Between 12:51 AM and 4:52 AM PDT we experienced elevated packet loss affecting instances in the US-EAST-1 region. Some of our APIs also experienced increased error rates and latencies. The issue has been resolved and the service is currently operating normally.”

Oct 17th, 2012 – GoGrid on the West Coast has network connectivity issues. More detailed information on the outage can be found at



Oct 22nd, 2012 – Amazon Down Again! Several news sources have reported that Amazon is experiencing another outage. Many large sites likes Reddit, Foursquare and Heroku were down for parts of the day.


Cloud clients need to realize not to “put all their eggs in one basket.” Do not rely on a single cloud provider for all of your mission critical data!

Please make a comment if you are aware of any recent cloud computing outages.


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