Putting A Figure On Cloud Failures: $71 Million Since 2007

Putting A Figure On Cloud Failures: $71 Million Since 2007 As supporters of cloud computing, it’s expected of us to report on all the positive developments in this field, and as is obvious, there was, is and will be many of those. At the same time, as commentators with integrity, it is our duty to

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What Prompted Sony’s Move from Amazon to Rackspace?

What Prompted Sony’s Move from Amazon to Rackspace? From HP’s announcement to invade its territory (See: HP Seeks to Give Amazon Competition with a New Public Cloud Service) to the loss of a big client, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is facing multiple challenges to its hegemony. While HP’s move may still be some weeks away,

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Microsoft Azure Outage Blamed on Leap Year

Microsoft Azure Outage Blamed on Leap Year All of us will remember the fears associated with the Y2K problem, where computers’ inability to distinguish between the years 1900 and 2000 was supposed to create a slew of problems. Although problems were never as severe as some doomsday prophets predicted, often due to precautionary measures, there were some incidents

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Amazon AWS – Small Bump In The Night

Amazon AWS – Small Bump In The Night Amazon AWS service was down for close to 25 minutes last night .  Based on their status page: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ 7:39 PM PDT We are investigating connectivity issues for EC2 in the US-EAST-1 region. 7:50 PM PDT We can verify connectivity issues between instances in the US-EAST-1 region and the

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Cloud Computing – Threat or Opportunity? Part 1

Cloud Computing – Threat or Opportunity? Part 1 Threat – an indication or warning of probable trouble Opportunity – a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success A new technology, a new way of thinking, a new environment, a paradigm shift – these are often threats to established players who dominate the landscape. However, these same things often offer opportunities for others to thrive. Consider the dinosaurs.

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How Lady Gaga Punctured Amazon’s Cloud Computing Balloon

How Lady Gaga Punctured Amazon’s Cloud Computing Balloon It is a safe guess that most of the regular readers on this website are not fans of Lady Gaga; so, here’s a brief outline: Born March 28, 1986 and named Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga came to prominence with her first album, “The Fame”, released

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Should You Be Concerned? A List of Recent Cloud Computing Failures – I

Should You Be Concerned? A List of Recent Cloud Computing Failures – I “One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day.” – Aristotle (384BC – 322BC), Greek philosopher. Now, Aristotle’s sayings are as relevant today as they were 2400 years ago. In case you differ, consider what he had to say about

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Did Human Error Cause The Amazon Cloud Computing Outage?

Did Human Error Cause The Amazon Cloud Computing Outage? “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Famous scientist and Time’s Greatest Person of the Century. Amazon would like everyone to believe in the aforementioned quote. By blaming human error for the

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Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage

Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock (or maybe a tropical paradise with no Internet connectivity), you must have heard about one of the greatest disasters of the cloud computing industry – Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) outage that happened last week. Now, mistakes are a part

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