The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages of 2013 (So Far)


Major Australian telecommunications service provider Telstra reportedly suffered a large-scale, day-long outage to its high-end cloud computing platform in late March. A spokesperson confirmed the outage the following week in a statement to Aussie media. "Last week we had an intermittent service outage on our cloud platform that affected a small number, around 20, of our business customers," the spokesperson said, according to Australian technology news site Delmiter. The source of the problem appeared to be a storage layer failure within the company's Melbourne data center that knocked a number of key customers off service for an extended period of time. "The issue started on Monday 25 March when we identified a failure in the data storage equipment that supported the customers that we affected," the spokesperson said. "When the failure was identified we immediately engaged our storage partner and started restoring services," said the spokesperson. The company is reported to be in the midst of an $800 million expansion project to support its cloud infrastructure and related marketing activities.