How to deal with cloud failure: Live, learn, fix, repeat

Like it or not, sweeping software bugs are just part and parcel with operating the largest computing systems the world has ever seen. Although Amazon is already fixing the problems that caused its latest outage, this won’t be the last we see.

New iPad overcomes last year’s supply chain woes

The new iPad will arrive in 12 new countries this Friday. By the following Friday, it’ll hit nine more, for a total of 56 in six weeks. This year’s roll out his far ahead of Apple’s 2011 pace.

Preorders for iPhone 4S open to 22 additional countries

Apple announced when it unveiled the iPhone 4S that it would reach 22 more countries by the end of October. The company opened up preorders for the device in those countries on Friday, with expected shipping times of one to two weeks.

The Good, the OK & the Ugly of Cloud Architecture

The four-day-long Amazon Web Services outage was no doubt a traumatic experience for many customers, but that didn’t have to be the case. There were plenty of users that were not affected, were minimally affected or that acted in a hurry to resolve the problem.

Today in Cloud

This weekend brought another couple of Amazon EC2 outages.I wonder when users will be able to rely on cloud platforms for automatic failover to geographically separate servers without paying a premium for options like Availability Zones. “The cloud” connotes a certain degree of flexibility and global scale that doesn’t fit with running apps in a single data center only. The technology is beginning to emerge already, but will providers bake in these capabilities when it’s feasible to do so?

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I was taken aback this morning by IDC’s advice to use cloud computing only as a stop-gap for certain tasks during the recession. It would be like repurchasing the Escalade that you traded in for a Prius because gas prices dropped again. But then I read the story of Swissdisk and its complete data loss, and I wondered if it is advisable to move to cloud computing at all. The cloud market needs some success stories that can match the stories of failure, or companies might find it more cost-effective, or at least less risky, just to maintain the status quo.