Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Cloud, The Cloud

Redit was down for over 5 hours last week because of problems with EBS volumes on AWS. Netflix was down a few hours today: another AWS user but I don't know yet what the difficulties are. So Amazon has problems and the web is full of people complaining about occasional problems with Google's AppEngine cloud hosting service.

No one likes to not support users 24x7 and the users don't like interrupted service, but I think that these occasional outages are just growing pains as we move towards a new way to deploy applications that costs less money, requires fewer staff resources, and likely is more energy efficient.

I think that I have only had one customer in 3 years who did not at least partially deploy on Amazon's AWS. This is the future and we need to learn how to work around problems and take advantage of resource savings when we can.

2 comments:

Yelnats said...

If cloud hosting is that powerful nowadays, then will there be a chance that its price will drop? Simple shared hosting and retailers always go for a more practical choice.

Mark Watson, author and consultant said...

Hello Yelnats,

The price of AWS has decreased. Sure you can often get shared hosting cheaper but two advantages of a service like AWS are that it is relatively easy to quickly provision and release computing resources, and that you may need other infrastructure like SimpleDB, S3, etc.