Recent Amazon Failures Leaves “Cloud” Forecast Unclear

Recent Amazon Failures Leaves “Cloud” Forecast Unclear

It’s been a rough few weeks for the cloud. Amazon Web Services, the public cloud division of internet juggernaut Amazon, suffered a mighty blow, crippling the internet on a Tuesday afternoon, while internet-connected teddy bears were hacked.

“If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in Him,” Ivan Vanko tells Tony Stark in Iron Man 2. “There will be blood in the water, the sharks will come.” A simple typo brought the Internet to its knees on Feb. 28.

With a market share of roughly a third of the internet, cloud traffic relies on the AWS, particularly the Amazon Simple Storage Service. A tiny coding error brought down all of S3’s customers, including popular services and websites such as Spotify, Imgur, Slack, Quora, and, ironically, the Down Detector.

This is the first major malfunction of S3 and the AWS, which is “designed to deliver 99.999999999% durability” for cloud services. Being one of the first cloud services commercially offered, Amazon quickly signed major names to the service. But, other providers, such as Microsoft, Google, and IBM, are catching up. Does this major outage equate to blood in the water, signaling a shift to other services?

It’s possible, though unlikely. Given the rarity ...


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