The Stormy Outage: Criticism Pouring On The Amazon Cloud

The Stormy Outage: Criticism Pouring On The Amazon Cloud

Last Friday night proved very gloomy for Amazon’s Cloud Service. It all started off with colossal thunderstorms jolting the Amazon US East datacenter and reportedly bringing it down (yet again). On the other hand, alternate cloud computing services within the same geographical location remained intact and continued to operate smoothly.

The incident has raised numerous questions, of which the most serious point out the core architectural foundation of the Amazon Cloud setup. Whether the repetitive cloud service hiccups are an outcome of intrinsic technical flaws that extend beyond the mere wrath of nature remains unanswered. This particular disruption, which happens to be the second experienced this month, resulted in Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix and Heroku being taken down for several hours.

Without the slightest shadow of a doubt, the storm was utterly merciless, leaving more than a million dwellers of Washington D.C. startled and deprived of electrical power for a significantly disturbing time. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud was severely hit by the same power outage, which had a lasting impact.

Surprisingly, Amazon’s cloud hosting competitor Joyent experienced absolutely no outage during the same time frame. This is where things get dubious – Amazon Cloud, with its soaring claims pertinent to network accessibility and architectural redundancy, should have been resilient to natural hazards just like other service providers.

The disruption served as an opportunity for rivals to chip in with their share of criticism. Steve Zivanic, Vice President of the marketing division for Nirvanix Cloud Storage, advised that customers should rightly stop sticking to the Amazon Cloud by default. “It is becoming rather clear that the answer for (Amazon’s) customers is not to try to master the AWS cloud and learn how to leverage multiple availability zones in an attempt to avoid the next outage but rather to look into a multi-vendor cloud strategy to ensure continuous business operations,” rattled Steve.

A spokeswoman at Amazon explained that the disastrous storm lead Amazon to a trembling loss of not only its primary power source, but also of the crucial backup generator for its customer district located in the east. Service restoration was also reiterated. Amazon is expected to share further details on the incident in the days to come.

It is a bitter reality that even cloud giants such as Amazon are not one hundred percent outage-proof; courtesy of them inherently being a datacenter-reliant business. The outage should serve as a lesson for ventures that are yet to adopt a multi-cloud strategy in their operational dynamics. It seems Heroku has been the most avid of learners, and is reported to be “evaluating its options for actively seeking other cloud platform partners.”

By Humayun Shahid

About Humayun

With degrees in Communication Systems Engineering and Signal Processing, Humayun currently works as a lecturer at Pakistan's leading engineering university. The author has an inclination towards incorporating quality user experience design in smartphone and web applications.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

The Success Formula For Private Cloud Deployments

The Success Formula For Private Cloud Deployments

OpenStack For Private Clouds On February 15th Tom Bittman of Gartner published a blog which asserted that 95% of Private Clouds are Failing. When an industry analyst makes a statement that big, in one of the top three priorities for enterprise CIOs today, it’s critical that we as an industry step back and understand how we…

Connecting To Information With Cyber Physical Systems

Connecting To Information With Cyber Physical Systems

CPS Device Trends On The Rise It isn’t, “Do you remember who starred in XYZ Movie?” It’s, “Can you look it up please?” “Did you ever think you would sit at the dinner table, and when a question came up, someone would look up the answer and share it with everyone?” The words echoed at…

Digital Transformation: Miracle and Wonder

Digital Transformation: Miracle and Wonder

Digital Transformation These are the days of miracle and wonder. I’ve been leading a small, global research team at the Tau Institute for the past few years to examine the dynamics of IT adoption in more than 100 countries throughout the world. We’ve developed several indices that show how well these nations are doing on a relative basis. We ranked the nations…

Transforming Traditional DevOps To A Modern Cloud-Centric Operation

Transforming Traditional DevOps To A Modern Cloud-Centric Operation

Transforming Traditional DevOps Over the last year, I’ve been hearing about more and more instances of companies asking the question that the title suggests – how do you transform a DevOPs process into a more cloud-centric operation? To start, we must all assume that there is some notion of a traditional DevOPs process built into…

Securing A Mid-Sized Enterprise: When A Little Assistance Goes A Long Way

Securing A Mid-Sized Enterprise: When A Little Assistance Goes A Long Way

Securing A Mid-Sized Enterprise There is no longer any subjectivity in this statement: security is at the top of list for all CIOs. Every meeting I’ve attended over the last three months has been dominated by the topic of security and when it’s injected into the conversation, it’s not necessarily by my team, but the…

New Smartphones From Apple, Samsung and HTC Promise To Light Up 2016

New Smartphones From Apple, Samsung and HTC Promise To Light Up 2016

New Smartphones from Apple, Samsung and HTC (Sponsored post courtesy of Verizon Wireless) The launch of the Galaxy S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February was the first shot in a vintage year for mobile phones. The S7 is an incredible piece of hardware, but launches from HTC and Apple later in the…

Featured Sponsored Articles
How Successful Businesses Ensure Quality Team Communication

How Successful Businesses Ensure Quality Team Communication

Quality Team Communication  (Sponsored post courtesy of Hubgets) Successful team communication and collaboration are as vital to project and overall business success as the quality of products and services an organization develops. We rely on a host of business tools to ensure appropriate customer interactions, sound product manufacturing, and smooth back-end operations. However, the interpersonal relationships…

Featured Sponsored Articles
How To Develop A Business Continuity Plan Using Internet Performance Management

How To Develop A Business Continuity Plan Using Internet Performance Management

Internet Performance Management Planning CDN Performance Series Provided By Dyn In our previous post, we laid out the problems of business continuity and Internet Performance Management in today’s online environment.  In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways you can use traffic steering capabilities to execute business continuity planning and…

Featured Sponsored Articles

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, infosec, big data and the internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Sponsor