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Dec 17 2012   5:41PM GMT

Finding resiliency in the cloud

Eugene Demaitre Eugene Demaitre Profile: Eugene Demaitre

In the cloud computing era, infrastructure outages could be a thing of the past, as Web companies take advantage of resiliency built into applications. Relatively cheap, widely distributed resources in the public cloud have already helped some retailers — but cloud outages may be a downside to this new failover approach.

As cloud computing matures, we’ll be watching to see how these issues play out. Will enterprises be able to build true redundancy across clouds? Are systems such as Chaos Monkey (for Amazon Machine Instances) and Cassandra (for distributed databases) improving stability or just adding another layer to management?

In the latest issue of Modern Infrastructure, senior news writer Beth Pariseau looks at these questions and the prospects for business continuity in the cloud era. What about you? Is your organization reluctant or eager to invest in this technology?

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