On Cloud 1010110

Friday, July 06, 2012


Last Friday, a thunderstorm in Virginia temporarily crippled part of Amazon’s ‘cloud’ computing service. After a series of back-ups failed, popular sites like Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram were unavailable for several hours. Bob speaks with Nicholas Carr about the benefits and risks of cloud computing.


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Nicholas Carr

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Bob Garfield

Comments [1]

Left out of this discussion is that Amazon sells various tiers of service that, roughly speaking, correspond to level of problems your application will survive. That is, if you want a service that can survive the loss of one data center and failover to another, you can buy that from Amazon. The companies that lost service when Amazon's backup power didn't come on didn't buy that level of service. They made a bet on costs and seemingly lost. But if they don't actually lose customers/revenue, then they haven't really lost. They've proven that services like theirs can go offline for awhile and not effect their business prospects.

Jul. 07 2012 01:26 PM

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