Like any technology, cloud services aren't perfect. When a cloud service stumbles, though, the whole world notices.
We saw plenty of high-profile cloud outages in the first half of 2013 -- and the last half of the year has been no different. From a 5-minute failure that cost half a million dollars to a week-long disruption that cost an immeasurable amount of brand damage, some of technology's biggest players have been playing defense with both their servers and their public images.
Here are the worst mishaps from the second half of the year.