The wreck of the web.
April 22, 2011 4:01 PM Subscribe
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It wasn't supposed to be like this. Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud
(EC2) crashed yesterday
, taking with it popular sites like Reddit, Quora, Foursquare, Hootsuite, Act.ly, and about 70 other sites. Amazon.com was affected, as was some functionality of the New York Times. Amazon Web Service's Health Dashboard
indicates that there are still major operating disturbances.
The crash has raised serious concerns
about the viability of cloud based computing, and comes on the heels of Amazon's previous announcement of a cloud-based music service, Amazon Cloud Player (previously
). Still, companies have been taking the outage in stride. Quora's error message is emblematic of the relationship between start-ups and the cloud: “We’d point fingers, but we wouldn’t be where we are today without EC2.”
If your wondering what they mean by that, Booz Allen's The Economics of Cloud Computing
is a good place to start.