04 May 2011
Since Amazon's cloud computing service crashed, opponents of the technology have used the incident as evidence of its immaturity. However, InformationWeek contributor Dave Methvin recently reported the cloud is still a technology companies should implement to make their IT operations more flexible and modern.
Currently, Amazon is the world's largest provider of cloud services. With that said, any failure of the company's network was going to draw substantial attention, Methvin reports.
Overreacting to the incident and shying away from the cloud entirely is not only inadvisable, but also impossible for many organizations already invested in the cloud. The flexibility offered by cloud services has enabled organizations to expand their IT capability and become valuable organizations. Methvin believes Amazon must use the weeks following the incident to make its cloud services more effective by transparently reporting the causes and how they could have been avoided.
Among Amazon's largest customers is Netflix, the video-streaming service. Methvin reported that Netflix was essentially unaffected by the Amazon crash due to superior internal IT capability. Netflix is almost entirely dependent upon the cloud and has become one of the most successful companies on the web.
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