Cloud requires redundancy

Posted on June 30, 2012  /  1 Comments

Al Jazeera reports that a lot of server farms got knocked out by bad weather in the US. Instead of making us rethink the cloud, this suggests that we need more redundancy, preferably with server farms on the other side of the world.

Sean Ludwig, from VentureBeat, wrote in a blog post, “The outage underscores the vulnerabilities of depending on the public cloud versus using your own data centers.”

The outages on Amazon’s cloud server come two weeks after a similar incident when a number of popular websites hosted by Amazon went down. A report into the incident by Amazon found that a configuration error was made during a routine upgrade.

“With the critical Amazon outage, which is the second this month, we wouldn’t be surprised if these popular services started looking at other options,” Ludwig wrote.

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  1. Redundancy is not a stranger to us. Consumers pay for redundant service. If Amazon doesn’t invest in redundancy, its quality-conscious customers will migrate. I am, however, struck by the fact that overhead power cables still exists in storm and tornado-prone parts of America. The update is here.