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?

Dropbox drops the ball Date: Jan. 10, 2013

Duration: Around 16 hours

Failure: The main selling point of a service like Dropbox is that you can rely on it as if it were your own local hard drive -- so when the service is unavailable for an entire day, it doesn't bode well for business.

That's precisely what happened on Jan. 10 of this year: Around 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Dropbox acknowledged its services were on the fritz, telling customers via Twitter that all client-syncing and file-uploading would be unavailable "for approximately the next hour."

Fast-forward to 7:09 the next morning, and -- hallelujah! -- the problem was resolved.

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