Many critics are still castigating Amazon Web Services, after an outage last week hobbled sites ranging from Reddit to Hootsuite to Foursquare. A guest post on Brad Feld’s blog, Feld Thoughts, calls for cooler heads to prevail. (Of course, the writer has an agenda.)
Dave Jilk, CEO of Standing Cloud, a Boulder-based start-up that provides services to companies that run open-source applications in the cloud, observes that “some media and naysayers are emphasizing the wrong lessons to be learned from this incident… Wrong lesson #1: The infrastructure cloud is either not ready for prime time, or never will be… What is true is that the infrastructure cloud is not and never will be ready to be used exactly like a traditional physical data center that is under your control. But that is obvious after a moment’s reflection. So when you see someone claiming that the Amazon outage shows that the cloud is not ready, they are just waving an ignorance flag.”
As someone who sells the idea of “cloud portability,” Jilk is a man with a bias. But he does seem to have a point when he says: “If you thought that Amazon would have 100% uptime, or that the infrastructure cloud somehow eliminates concerns about downtime, then you need to look closer at what it really is and how it works.” Read more from Feld Thoughts.