Fragility of the Cloud

Posted by Mike Brittain on June 11, 2009
Cloud Computing

A lightning strike causes EC2 outages and Om Malik blames the “fragility of the cloud,” rather than recognizing that all tech suffers failures.  I’ll say it again, this could have happened to my own servers, or my own data center, and I would have been much further up the creek than if Amazon team was taking care of it.  Besides, one of the most important lessons I have learned from working with AWS is that servers/services should fail, and fail gracefully.  It shouldn’t matter whether that service is “in the cloud” or in your data center.

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