The Dark Side of the Cloud

WARK SIDE OF THE CLOUD CLOUD SERVICES HAVE BALLOONED IN RECENT YEARS, AND THAT GROWTH SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING. BUT THE CLOUD HAS HAD ITS SHARE OF BUMPS IN THE ROAD-ER, SKY. A BRIEF HISTORY OF CLOUD FAILURES MARCH 2009 OCTOBER 2008 A 30-hour outage strikes Google apps and Gmail after the services, were interrupted by another outage just two months prior. T-Mobile Sidekick mobile phone users are left without access to their calendars, address books and other aspects of their service in a six-day outage of Microsoft servers. APRIL 2011,, and are affected by a more than day-long disruption that leaves many of the sites completely inaccessible. JUNE 2012 STOP An East Coast storm pulls the plug on some of Amazon's servers in Virginia, causing outages in Instagram, Netflix and Pinterest. JANUARY 2013 Amazon's own home page is knocked offline for about an hour; the company is said to have lost about $5 MILLION IN REVENUE DURING THE OUTAGE. FEBRUARY 2013 Microsoft's Office 365 editing suite and mail service both drop offline for a couple of hours, and the following day, the company's Bing search engine has a brief outage of its own. A few weeks later, Microsoft's Azure cloud storage service fails and its Xbox Live system keeps users from accessing cloud-connected data. MARCH 2013 CloudFare's own site and all of its services were knocked offline, taking down MORE THAN 750,000 other sites, including Wikileaks, 4chan and some government sites. XXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXEXXXX XXX 1010101010010010101010 10T00 101010 1101011111DI Amazon's cloud computing service is hacked, exposing hundreds of thousands of LinkedIn's 259 million member profiles XXXX XXXXXX MAY 2013 X-10,000 to hackers. JUNE 2013 OCTOBER 2013 TWITTER IS INACCESSIBLE FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES. Verizon's Terremark cloud service suffers a network failure, causing the already troubled HEALTHCARE.GOV site to go offline. WHO'S USING THE CLOUD -AND WHAT ARE THEY SPENDING? 3 IN 4 $131 END-USER SPENDING ON PUBLIC CLOUD SERVICES IN 2013 LARGE COMPANIES USING OR BILLION CONSIDERING CLOUD SERVICES THAT SAME MARKET IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO %24180 BILLION BY 2015 WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? $46 AVERAGE ANNUAL COST FOR A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY THANKS TO CLOUD-SERVICE DOWNTIME MILLION AVERAGE HOURLY COST FOR CLOUD DOWNTIME BY INDUSTRY $90,000 $6,480,000 MEDIA LARGE ONLINE BROKERAGE 54% 4 IN 10 LINKEDIN USERS WHO SAY SECURITY IS THEIR TOP CONCERN ABOUT THE CLOUD COMPANIES THAT LOSE CLOUD DATA WITHIN TWO TO FIVE YEARS BIGGEST RISKS OF CLOUD COMPUTING NO INTERNET CONNECTION MEANS NO ACCESS. PUTTING ALL YOUR FAITH IN THE CLOUD MEANS PUTTING CONTINUED, UNFETTERED ACCESS, WHICH WILL COST AND CONTINUE TO COST MORE. ALL YOUR FAITH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES. WHO OWNS THE DATA YOU STORE ONLINE? DATA MIGHT NOT BE CLOUD WORTHY (I.E. CUSTOMER-SENSITIVE INFORMATION). COMPANIES AND USERS HAVE TO TRUST THEIR CLOUD SERVICE VENDORS TO PROTECT THEIR DATA FROM UNAUTHORIZED USERS. CLOUD-BASED SOLUTIONS ARE EXPOSED ON THE PUBLIC INTERNET AND ARE THUS A MORE VULNERABLE TARGET FOR MALICIOUS USERS AND HACKERS. POTENTIAL OUTAGES AND DOWNTIME 44 I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE HORRENDOUS. I THINK THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF HORRIBLE PROBLEMS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak SOURCES • • • • • • • • • • http:// WEBSITEHOSTREVIEW.COM EMMINIMN EVANINI

The Dark Side of the Cloud

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The cloud has become a go-to for storing information for many companies and individuals. However, the newest technology has been prone to massive failures. has created an in...


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