Amazon EC2 Cloud Outage: Hiccup or Wakeup Call?

Posted by on April 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm.

amazon web services outageLast week Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) was down…not just minutes, or hours, but for days. In the process it took down a significant chunk of new web services like Foursquare, Quora, Reddit, and multiple IZEA properties such as WeReward, SponsoredTweets & SocialSpark. Those were long hours and days…

It was frustrating at a business level, but also as an investor in web services, I hated watching the impact cloud was showing for an entire sector. Cloud computing has been flying lately, including innovations like Amazon’s Free Usage Tier to help entrepreneurs launch quick and pay when they actually have something growing. An outage like this was inevitable, but how much damage will it do?

I know the experience has caused pursuit of backup solutions, but I’m curious how much this outage impacts entrepreneur dependence upon cloud long-term. Given the cost and scale benefits of cloud, was this outage a hiccup for entrepreneurs or a wakeup call to rethink cloud dependence?

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