Numerous Austin businesses lost potential revenue when their websites went down after GoDaddy experienced a massive outage Monday.
The Internet’s largest registrar claims the outage was caused by a series of internal network events, which corrupted router data tables. In addition to countless websites being down, the providers hosted email accounts were also down until 5 p.m.
It was initially suspected that hackers launched a Distributed Denial of Service, DDoS, attack on GoDaddy’s servers. Roughly, this means hackers flood the server with requests for access to the point where the server cannot respond to any requests.
Someone named Anonymous Own3r claimed responsibility for the outage in broken English on Twitter. GoDaddy maintains that the service outage was not caused by external influences.
What Does This Mean For Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing allows users to access files and use applications through a Web browser.
For example, users can open any Web browser and visit their cloud login Web page. After they login their remote desktop appears. A remote desktop is an interface that features all the software needed for work (Outlook, QuickBooks, Word, etc.).
The remote desktop also gives the user access to all stored files and can contain some customizable features like weather and recently visited documents. Typically, users can work anywhere from any device that can access a high-speed Internet connection.
However, when thousands of websites went down, that included Web pages that cloud users visit to login to their remote desktop
It appears users who were already logged into their remote desktop were not affected by the GoDaddy outage. Most of us at MyITpros were already logged in on Cloud7 and could continue working.
Cloud computing is still in early stages for small businesses. It has proved tremendously useful so far, but it’s important to remember there still are some limitations.
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