How long will big-name customers like Netflix put up with Amazon cloud outages?

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Netflix

Krishnan Subramanian, an analyst at boutique firm Rishidot Research, says he doesn't believe continued outages will erode confidence in AWS and the public cloud, instead he sees it as an educational moment for customers to explore better cloud resiliency methods, such as spreading workloads across clouds from multiple providers. "Clearly, AWS has a problem to fix but I would also expect the cloud users like Netflix to learn from the past experience and not keep all eggs in the same basket," with a single provider, he says.

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Others believe that outages are just a fact of life in IT, and especially the cloud. David Linthicum, CTO of cloud consultancy Blue Mountain Labs, points out that public cloud providers, like AWS, likely have much more resilient systems compared to in-house IT shops. The key is preparing for the outages. "I'm sure there will be many more outages this year, and next year. You just need to build those types of events into your cloud service usage and operations planning. I just don't see the point of 'handwringing' over each of these outages."

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.


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