Amazon is Down and What that Means for Public Cloud Confidence

Having noted the resilience of Wikileaks and thus the internet from concerted Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks we wake up this morning to a crisis in cloud confidence with the news that some of Amazon’s own European sites have been down. The reason cited? “hardware failure”.

As a network operator I know that no one is immune from such failures.  It is a surprise however that such a failure (we are not given any details) could bring a site such as Amazon down. The Amazon pitch is that their cloud is distributed over multiple sets of hardware and is supposedly able to live with the failure of any given server/drive.

The fact is that this puts out a message that Amazon’s service is not as resilient as they would like it to be.  It will quite possibly make businesses think twice about using a public service that is shared with so many other users.  If any one of those users is attacked it could affect everyone else with collateral damage.

I’m not sure that the cyber battles currently going on over Wikileaks can be described as full scale cyber warfare. The shot across the cyber bows is however going to make people think hard about their cloud strategies.

As a provider of services local to the UK  this actually does give me hope that the model of private clouds for business rather than the big scale low cost low margin world of Amazon et  al has the potential to be one of the winners.

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  1. Call me old fashioned, but I like to be in control of my data. If I save it on my HDD and replicate it around a bit to avoid single points of failure then I feel comfortable with that.
    There’s nothing worse than a critical service being down that you aren’t responsible for and the frustration of waiting for a ‘provider’ to put things right. I if mess up then it’s up to me to dig myself out of it – but I’m happy with that.

    I don’t currently(yet) use any of Timico’s products or services so your ‘cloud’ may be different – but I wouldn’t be happy having ‘mission critical’ data only available through a cloud as there are too many possible points of failure around to stop me from accessing it.

    I did say I was old fashioned 🙂

    1. Trefor Davies tref

      I quite agree with you HmmmUK – people need to have a two pronged approach

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