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?

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Amazon takes a nosedive Date: Jan. 31, 2013

Duration: 49 minutes

Failure: Amazon Web Services have been responsible for major outages before, but it's not often that the company's own Amazon.com home page goes down. Earlier this year, though, it did just that: Instead of its usual array of eye-catching wares, Amazon.com displayed a simple text error message for almost an hour on an otherwise uneventful January day.

The message, "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable," shed little light on what was actually going on. Internet speculation initially suggested a denial-of-service attack might have been involved, but those claims appeared to be dubious. While Amazon never officially commented on the cause, later reports indicated an internal issue was more likely the culprit.

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