Industry News Desk
Cloud Computing - Clouds Have Their Blue Screen of Death Too
Amazon's Simple Storage Service Went Down for 8 Hours - A Particulary Scary Situation for a Cloud-dependent Business
Jul. 31, 2008 11:45 PM
One of the problems with clouds is that they have this
tendency to rain as it did on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) on Sunday
when it was down – and not for the first time – in both the US and Europe
for something like eight hours – translating into less than 2Nines availability
in a month (not a year, a month).
Users couldn’t access their stored data – a particularly
scary situation for a cloud-dependent business.
The problem extended to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
and prevented new virtual machines from being set up.
Amazon said it was an issue with the “communication between
several Amazon S3 internal components,” which doesn’t exactly explain what
happened now does it?
Amazon, which had to take the system offline to fix the
problem, said no data was lost and that customers will be automatically
credited for the downtime.
An outage in February was reportedly caused by too many
Google’s Documents and Spreadsheets service went down for
about 45 minutes a couple of weeks ago.
By the way, Amazon’s quarterly profit doubled to $158
million on sales up 41% to $4.06 billion.