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Cloud Computing Reliability

Published: June 14, 2011
Greg Pierce is one of the foremost experts on cloud computing trends Read More

How Reliable is Cloud Computing?

The recent downtime experienced by Amazon E3 and Microsoft BPOS has created quite a buzz about the stability of cloud computing. Lauren Carlson even wrote an article about the reliability of cloud computing. I think we should all expect to see bumps along the way – it’s a natural part of the cloud computing process.

This downtime article on cloud computing reliability made me think about an event I experienced back in the early days of my career. There was a catastrophic failure in an ERP system (this was 1993) and the backup had hung 5 days earlier. It was right before the Thanksgiving holiday and I was on my way out of town (that didn’t happen). The company I worked for was tenting the building for termites (taking advantage of the long time off), so I had to be out within an hour. I tucked the server under my arm and headed home to spend many sleepless hours to try and get the server back to a running state. We ended up losing data, and about a week of “up time.”

It was an awful experience – and it is one of the reasons why I love cloud computing. Very seldom does anyone talk about a singular company’s downtime, but it’s all over internet media when big cloud computing providers go down. I actually think this transparency is a great thing. It’s going to force cloud computing providers to do everything better. It’s not a reason to run back to on-premise solutions, however. That’s pain from the past I’d just as soon forget.

What are your thoughts on cloud computing reliability? Please share your comments with me.

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