That's a big problem.
An outage at Amazon Web Services' S3 storage service disrupted internet traffic across the U.S. on Tuesday (28/02/17). Normally people don’t notice the “cloud” — unless, it turns into a massive thunderstorm.
Amazon Web Services, by far the world’s largest provider of internet-based computing services. This outage caused an unprecedented and widespread performance problems for thousands of websites and apps. Some of the major companies that utilise AWS include Pinterest, Phillips, BMW, Airbnb, Unilever, Netflix, Slack, Spotify, Channel 4, AOL, Ad Roll, DataXU, ITV, Financial Times, GE and loads more.
So, how can you get prepared?
First, you need to understand the outage problem in detail and its aspects from various angles.
Second, you need to understand the business linkages between inside and outside the outage problem.
Third, you need to cut through outage complexity to reveal the heart of the problem.
Fourth, you need to make significant efforts to stay ahead (business ready) and simultaneously step back from the problem - gain business insights.
The breakdown shows the risks of depending heavily on a few big companies for cloud computing. I don't believe that this outage will lead companies to think that the cloud is dangerous. However, companies need to start looking at their application architecture and define a plan to minimise business impact.
Ivan Fernandes, Founder and Managing Director at Digital Business Partners