Netflix hires Reddit Chief Architect: Will outages end?

Former Reddit Chief Architect Jeremy Edberg will be joining Netflix to lead a new team focused on cloud reliability. And the move couldn’t come soon enough, as Netflix suffered another period of downtime Sunday evening that left users with spotty service for up to eight hours.

Are Acts of God All That Can Slow Amazon?

Mother Nature put the inherent fallibility of Amazon Web Services’ offerings front and center this week, but the pros of Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary still far outweigh its cons. Every lightning strike that takes the service down for four hours, is balanced by Amazon’s introduction of new features like Availability Zones that make the service even more difficult to resist. And it’s not done tempting you yet. Just wait until you see those security and compliance accreditations come through.