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The buzz around cloud computing has been so steady for so long that industry observers should be forgiven if they were lulled to sleep. But events of the past couple of weeks served as a cold water wake-up call that may have obscured cloud's supposedly bright future. The first was an unplanned outage at an Amazon Web Services datacenter in Northern Virginia that lasted for days and affected numerous websites including Foursquare, Hootsuite, Quora and Reddit. The company's Elastic Block Storage appears to have contributed significantly to the outage. By the beginning of last week, Amazon said the problem had been largely corrected.
Excellent article. Bottom line for companies is "risk management 101." As for Greenpeace, they should focus more on the positive aspects of energy use in cloud computing...that the concentration in large data centers achieves greater energy reduction than could be achieved in the aggregate of millions of individual sites.