By Max Clarke

An errant lightening bolt has wreaked havoc after striking global cloud bosses’, Microsoft and Amazon EC2 data centre.

The strike caused a power surge that knocked out Amazon’s generators, Data Denter Knowledge reported today, resulting in a total power outage at the company’s European data hub near Dublin.

Increasingly, businesses are turning to the cloud- this year alone spending in excess of $11bn on cloud services . UK businesses, however, are reportedly more reluctant to adopt the cloud, citing security and lack of control over the systems as barriers to adopting the technologies, which can potentially deliver colossal savings.

This latest high profile outage will likely do little to reassure UK businesses unwilling to outsource to the cloud. Services were down for up to three hours, resulting in widespread disruption across cloud services.

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