The only thing worse than experiencing an IT system failure is a public IT system failure and that’s exactly whats happening to several large social websites this morning Quora, FourSquare, Reddit have all been offline the past few hours as failures at Amazon’s Cloud service continue. Take a look at the AWS Service Dashboard and you will see failures at the N. Virginia data center for the Elastic Compute Cloud, Relational Database Services and Cloud Formation Services.
The breakdown at Amazon brings to mind how mission critical cloud infrastructure is becoming and why so many companies are looking to private solution providers for their services. Research by EMA has identified that 75% of IT professionals who plan to deploy Cloud Computing will do it on private systems operated solely for their organizations versus 31% who plan to use public solutions. Amazon has been resistant to providing up-time guarantees and enterprise style SLA’s causing them to lose high profile cloud clients. In the end Amazon could find itself relegated to being nothing more than a test platform for enterprise companies and a service provider to the small businesses.
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- Amazon Server Troubles Take Down Reddit, Foursquare and HootSuite (mashable.com)