The irony of a cloud knocking out Amazon's EC2 cloud services

The irony of a cloud knocking out Amazon's EC2 cloud services

Summary: Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge reports that a lightning storm knocked out power to part of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing services.Some customers were offline for more than four hours before the damage could be repaired.

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Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge reports that a lightning storm knocked out power to part of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing services.

Some customers were offline for more than four hours before the damage could be repaired.

The problems began at about 6:30 pm Pacific time, and most affected customers were back online by 11 p.m., according to Amazon’s status dashboard. The company said the outage was limited to customers in one of Amazon’s four availability zones in the U.S.

(I'm always on the look out for "ironic design" as showing the hand of a creator :)

This incident might convince some potential cloud computing customers to keep things in-house. However, the same type of thing could happen to any data center whether it is your own or in the cloud.

Topics: Amazon, Cloud, Data Centers, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization

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  • The difference being

    [i]However, the same type of thing could happen to any data center whether it is your own or in the cloud.[/i]

    If your servers are down due to lightning, so are your PC's, I would imagine. The frustrating thing is to be perfectly capable, yet having your data at some cloud location unaccessable as that location is down.
    GuidingLight
    • You can keep the Cloud

      Yes, if the lightning has affected the cloud where your data is stored, but
      not affecting your local area, then that is indeed frustrating.

      This is one of my reasons for not wanting to subscribe to the cloud, just
      another area outside your total control.
      Deanbar
  • RE: The irony of a cloud knocking out Amazon's EC2 cloud services

    I thought EC2 allows you to instantiate your servers at more than "one cloud center". Probably these companies did not look at this option when they designed their system in cloud. "never put all your eggs on one cloud"
    svittala@...
    • Cloud Strategy

      Indeed - as always the devil is in the detail - you would build redundancy into your own data center, so why not into your cloud strategy? Especially as it is right there, available to you - only reason would be cost - so those who lost service did so with informed decision.
      nigebj
  • EC2 Outage is not an Outage

    I don't think this event is news worthy or even worthy of a blog post, and I blogged about this here :)

    http://alestic.com/2009/06/ec2-non-outage

    -- Eric Hammond
    erichammond