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Cloudburst

This is why I don't trust the cloud.

A disruption at one of Amazon's datacenters has led to service disruptions in the company's EC2 or Elastic Cloud computing service. The outage, which started at Starting at 1:41 a.m. PDT, in turn brought down major websites such as Reddit and Foursquare.

Amazon's EC2 service allows business to rent processing time on Amazon's computers, which is useful for sites that need a lot of processing power. The disruption seriously affected sites that are constantly working through a lot of data. Dynamic sites like Hootsuite and Quora that are constantly processing new data are down completely.


The cloud is useful and cheap and flexible and it is also entirely out of your control. There's nothing inherently wrong with distributed computing, it's that there's no real Plan B if things go all pear-shaped on you.

Use the cloud and use it well, but be prepared for it to fail you when you need it the most.

“Cloudburst”