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[NYT] Amazon's Trouble Raises Cloud Computing Doubts

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/23/te...ref=technology

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As technical problems interrupted computer services provided by Amazon for a second day on Friday, industry analysts said the troubles would prompt many companies to reconsider relying on remote computers beyond their control.

The Foursquare Web site, as well as some other sites using Amazon Web Services, have had problems in the last two days.
“This is a wake-up call for cloud computing,†said Matthew Eastwood, an analyst for the research firm IDC, using the term for accessing services and information in big data centers remotely over the Internet from anywhere, as if the services were in a cloud. “It will force a conversation in the industry.â€
While Cloud Computing is a real game changer for many industries and I file the idea enticing - It needs either a serious revamp and design change for the sake of functionality and security, or needs to wait until technology progresses a bit further.

Additionally, there's still the lingering issue on just how private any of our information is when it's no longer locked securely into our personal drives. Not sure I like the idea of my disembodied hard drive floating out into the wild blue yonder.
    
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I for one am not that worried. Open protocols and file storage systems that are encrypted have been and will continue to be developed. Look into using TrueCrypt if you have any worries. I know I have a number of large TrueCrypt volumes with 128bit keys around the different cloud storage systems, mostly for storage of business/personal files that I simply cannot afford to lose.
AES encrypted first, then sent over TLS....On a scale of one to safe, they are pretty safe
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It'd be nice to find a startup dedicated cloud company to invest in it seems.
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I'd be far more likely for someone who knows me to break into my house and steal my pc with my private data on it than to have someone hack into a database, locate my private data and then use it against me.

Of course the above does not apply to business users. For some reason a vast majority of non business related people fear storing their data online in fear of it being seen by a hacker. Despite the fact it's far more likely to get your laptop stolen or have the unfortunate experience of a tornado, fire or something like that destroy everything you had been working on.

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The Amazon interruption, said Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer of Rackspace, a specialist in data center services, was the computing equivalent of an airplane crash. It is a major episode with widespread damage. But airline travel, he noted, is still safer than traveling in a car — analogous to cloud computing being safer than data centers run by individual companies.

“Every day, inside companies all over the world, there are technology outages,” Mr. Moorman said. “Each episode is smaller, but they add up to far more lost time, money and business.”
That's a good way of looking at it.
Edited by CrazyHeaven - 4/25/11 at 6:44am
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It'd be nice to find a startup dedicated cloud company to invest in it seems.
Not a bad idea.
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It'd be nice to find a startup dedicated cloud company to invest in it seems.
Economies of scale creates a huge barrier to entry.
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Yeah, I was having problems with some of my servers on Amazon's EC2 cluster on Friday. It's still more reliable and less headaches than managing a colo at some data centers. I can't tell you the nightmares I've had with some companies.
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I agree. I think the fear is that centralizing ala Amazon is akin to packing people onto a Jumbo Jet. If the plane goes down the stakes are higher. Not that smaller data centers don't go out (I remember the DH crash of a few weeks ago), but having multiple enterprise-level (or at least big name) sites go out because of one host just scares people.

"In the cloud" data is always somewhere, it's just a matter of taste: do you want the server farm in a shed out back, or packed in with a bunch of 1st Gen kindles? I prefer to go with the kindles.
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So... Amazon offers full redundancy in a different physical data center, but they have customers who thought it would be OK to put all their metaphorical eggs in one basket.

Amazon is going to take a hit for the problems they're having, no doubt. But there's no such thing as "100% uptime" in any data center, and any company who single-sources their most critical infrastructure is begging for trouble.
    
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I didn't even know there was a problem until I read this thread. And I have a server in the same affected data center; it sailed through unscathed. Lucky me.
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