Firebase, real-time backend for web application development, originally launched a little over a year ago. Since its launch, Firebase has remained in beta while it continued to improve its service and build a customer base. Over the past year, Firebase has added features, functionality, and thousands of customers. Accordingly, Firebase has announced it is leaving its beta stages behind and publically launching as a full-fledged paid product.
The cloud came tumbling down for many startups and sites based on the Amazon EC2 API today. There's a perception that storage and scaling in the cloud is supposed to mean we don't have to deal with outages. It's pretty clear that's not actually the case, as some popular sites like Heroku and Foursquare nosedived.