Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Strike

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 9, 2011

After a second Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage within four months brought their websites down, some Amazon cloud customers are considering deploying their own servers, reports Computer Weekly. This latest database server fail occurred because a lightning strike caused power failures at datacenters in Dublin, taking out the main power supply and affecting part of the phase control system that synchronizes the back-up generator plant. This caused a disruption to service of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) cloud computing platform for the second time this year, as well as affecting Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

Cloud service outage caused by lightning strike at data center.

"’As it turns out, if we had run our own database server via an EC2 instance instead of RDS, we'd probably have been back up a lot quicker, and so I'm seriously considering doing that in future or at the very least, ensuring there is a constant backup on non-Amazon servers in future to account for just this eventuality. If it happens again, I'll leave Amazon AWS and find another cloud hosting company,’ he said.”

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