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authorSean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>2015-11-18 10:09:12 -0700
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+[[!meta date="2011-04-22 09:26:00"]]
+[[!meta title="Info on why Amazon's AWS being down is so catastrophic"]]
+[[!tag imported_PyBlosxom tech cloud]]
+
+[AWS is down: Why the sky is falling | justinsb's
+posterous](http://justinsb.posterous.com/aws-down-why-the-sky-is-falling)
+
+This is a really interesting read. There are two sides to the cloud
+computing lark as I see it, though I've not seen the distinction drawn
+by anyone else myself: firstly there is the really dangerous idea that
+users should store their data online with various providers who are
+probably using the second part of cloud computing but who don't have to
+be, which is really bad because it takes away control over something
+that is increasingly important in our lives. But secondly there is the
+idea of using elastic virtual instances over traditional always-on
+servers that sit idle half the time; it's more efficient and
+environmentally friendly.
+
+The problem is that AWS doesn't really have much competition in the
+latter atm which is why it going down brings the web with it which is
+bad. I think that this also shows that traditional websites offering
+information should definitely keep running their own webservers; such
+sites at ten times more important than Web 2.0 and its friends and need
+to remain up.