The Other Cloud Issue – Availability – And What You Can Do About It

The Other Cloud Issue – Availability – And What You Can Do About It

The Other Cloud Issue – Availability – And What You Can Do About It

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

                – Warren Buffett, legendary investor and one of the richest men in the world.DDos

Even as the world moves to the Cloud, concerns remain. While for most stakeholders, its security concerns that keep them awake at night, but for many, the bugbear is availability. While security on the cloud gets a lot of coverage in tech media, and deservedly so, availability, which I call “the other cloud issue”, should also be given equal importance. And this is a topic that should concern not only cloud providers, but consumers as well.

The reason behind this is clear from the quote above – non-availability or downtime, in addition to obvious lost business, affects the reputation of the brand which has far-reaching impact beyond the quarterly revenue figures. A year back I had written an article on a report that put a low figure of $71 million on cloud failures since 2007, where I had mentioned my skepticism about that number. Moreover, with the pace of cloud migration increasing by the day, this figure, if calculated today and covering all the shortcomings that the aforementioned report admittedly had, would be considerably higher, in my opinion.

Now, cloud computing, with its inherent distributed nature, does offer redundancy against isolated incidents like earthquakes or solitary intrusions. However, what about an attack that can target the entire cloud network of an organization at once? Unfortunately, such an attack exists, and it’s called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). If you’ve been following the news, you must have read about the Internet vigilante (or activist, depending on your point of view) group Anonymous. One of their main weapons is DDoS through which they have managed to shut down several supposedly secure services like PayPal, MasterCard and Visa.

DDoS is a very real threat, and perhaps more so in the cloud. As this white paper tells us, “Due to the multi-tenant nature of these environments, DDoS attacks can have a cascading impact on, not only the targeted customer, but others within the shared infrastructure, not to mention the impact on the service providers themselves.”

The paper, titled Arbor Networks Enables DDoS Protection for Cloud Service and Hosting Providers, provides an overview of the latest DDoS attack trends, and offers examples of how cloud service and hosting providers can protect their data centers from DDoS attacks. Customers (and prospective customers) of such cloud service providers will also find this a knowledgeable read, educating them to ask the right questions.

In conclusion, I would like to reproduce a paragraph from my earlier article:

There’s another interesting set of numbers in this report – “cloud service availability show an average of 7:5 hours unavailable per year, or 99:9% availability.” The report pointedly states that not only is this figure a far cry from “the expected reliability of mission critical system (99:999%),” it compares very unfavorably with the availability of electricity (less than 15 minutes of downtime in a modern capital city), a utility cloud computing is often compared with.

As you can see, there’s a lot to be done. The white paper can give some useful pointers. Download it for free here

By Sourya Biswas

sourya

Sourya Biswas is a former risk analyst who has worked with several financial organizations of international repute, besides being a freelance journalist with several articles published online. After 6 years of work, he has decided to pursue further studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he has completed his MBA. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Information Technology. He is also a member of high-IQ organizations Mensa and Triple Nine Society and has been a prolific writer to CloudTweaks over the years... http://www.cloudtweaks.com/author/sourya/

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

The Future (IoT) By the year 2020, it is being predicted that 40 to 80 billion connected devices will be in use. The Internet of Things or IoT will transform your business and home in many truly unbelievable ways. The types of products and services that we can expect to see in the next decade…

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts It’s no secret that Cloud Computing is more than just a buzz term as that ship has sailed off a long time ago. More and more companies are adopting the uses and benefits of cloud computing while aggressively factoring cloud services spending into their budget. Included is an excellent…

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to helping teams win…

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues Nowadays, many companies are changing their overall information technology strategies to embrace cloud computing in order to open up business opportunities.  There are numerous definitions of cloud computing. Simply speaking, the term “cloud computing” comes from network diagrams in which cloud shapes are  used to describe certain types of networks. All…

Forrester Releases Its “15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020” Report

Forrester Releases Its “15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020” Report

15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020 The cloud, big data, the internet of things, and wearable technology have all featured heavily in Forrester’s latest list of fifteen technologies to watch before 2020. It is becoming a reality for businesses that they need to adapt and change to an increasingly technologically-minded customer base. Traditional marketing…

CONNECT TO THE CLOUD

 

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and 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.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021