Friday, February 15, 2008

Amazon S3 goes south

Seems the Amazon storage solution was out for about 30 minutes today. They offer 99.9% up time....however the outage did impact some major/new startups (like Twitter and SmugMugg).....

Conclusion? Dogs bark, babies cry, technology has issues. Based on the huge potential of cloud computing far outweighs occasional (99.9% is about 8 hours of outage a YEAR) outages - that is, if they are just occasional. You need to balance cost to required up time....99.9% is a lot cheaper up time then 99.999% (five nines). It's a risk like any other risk and needs to be considered in relation to impact (potential is there).

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