Amazon Cloud not as Bullet Proof as we are led to believe

Amazon Cloud went down in late June, taking Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest With It. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud in North Virginia had a major service outage on the 29th of June 2012 due to severe thunder storms in the area.

One of the main selling points of the Cloud is that there are redundancies to prevent just such occurrences. While it is obvious that server load shifts between servers fine it appears that the loss of a data centre to the Amazon Cloud did not result in workload failover to an alternate data center. A small step backwards, perhaps, for cloud computing.

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