“The Cloud is Down”: Single Points of Failure

The Cloud is down this morning and it’s all over the news. Amazon is having problems in one of their regions and of course it’s the most popular one, US-East in Virginia.

Inevitably pundits all over the web are nodding sagely opining that yes, the Cloud is all very good and well but you see this is the problem: when it goes down you’re toast.

This line from an article on Business Insider sums up the general tone best:

“…this episode shows the advantages and pitfalls of ‘the cloud.’ On the plus side, it lets startups scale up their infrastructure much more cheaply and efficiently. On the down side, they have to rely on an outside party for the most crucial part of their service — staying up.”

What… utter… nonsense.

Read my full post at the Cloudability blog