Apr 27 2011   2:05AM GMT

Amazon’s Cloud Outage

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, so Amazon had an outage in their EC2 cloud. The sites and services affected included Quora and Reddit and many many other sites and services. At this point in time people feel like IT shouldn’t have outages. Business managers look at their IT departments like they are power or water services and wonder why after investing almost nothing into them they fail. Thus the “cloud” is a great way to offload the cost and responsibility of management.

While the cloud is a great idea the evolution of it is ongoing, just like IT as a whole. Occasionally there are power outages and water shortages even in the most well-managed of cities in North America and the cloud will have down times as well. Basically, while I would still advise a UPS power bumps I wouldn’t only use a generator for power and those basics apply to the cloud as well.

Until next time,

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