Top 9 Cloud Computing Failures

Posted November 10, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey

Cloud computing has become a huge market. In a 2016 report, analysts at Gartner predicted that the shift to the cloud will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending over the next five years. "Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world," said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. "The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and 'born in the cloud' providers."

In their rush to participate in this huge market, vendors have been quick to tout cloud successes. Their websites are filled with case studies explaining how various companies have reaped enormous benefits by embracing cloud computing.

But what about the cloud failures?

Not every cloud deployment has a happy ending. Some cloud computing vendors have made huge missteps, and outages and security incidents have plagued both public and private cloud environments.

This slideshow highlights ten of the most noteworthy cloud computing failures. Many of these incidents had huge financial implications for the companies involved and their customers, while others were more of an embarrassment. In each case, something went disastrously wrong with the cloud.

Image licensed under the Creative Commons license by Michael Jastremski.

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