In Pictures: The worst Cloud outages of 2013 (so far)

From Amazon to Dropbox and Microsoft to Google, we've seen some nasty Cloud outages in the first half of the year. Which company failed the worst?

The Microsoft outage aftermath, part two Fallout: Once again, forums and social media became the places for disgruntled customers to turn. And boy, were they ever disgruntled.

"What I've noticed is a complete lack of estimates on when issues will be resolved," one commenter wrote.

Some tweeters were less forgiving. "Windows Azure Storage, Amateur Hour Outage," one user quipped. "Running a global IT business - $37b: Building a cloud data system - $5b: Renewing a $10 SSL cert - Priceless," remarked another.

Fix: Microsoft revealed an expired SSL certificate was the cause of the crash (seriously?!). Once the company managed to "validate" and "implement" the "recovery options," all was well again.

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