Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cloud #fail

This is a very brief post on the cloud computing failure of today. I hope to have a guest writer post something better, more lengthy in the future.

I’ve been partaking in some discussions among peers on today’s Amazon EC2 cloud outage – again. I’ve been listening to people say the cloud isn’t ready or is a bad idea. The cloud is the cloud, and continues to be a great decision for a lot of people where it makes sense. The failure people make is in abandoning IT best practices when going to the cloud and going with a single system or provider.

When we design for disaster recovery or business continuity, we usually design in redundant, diverse data paths to the secondary data center with carrier diversity (meaning more than one carrier). When going to the cloud, if you’ve decided to outsource everything, you should continue that diversity with multiple cloud providers and the resiliency to be able to use either. Failure to provide cloud diversity is the same as having one datacenter, you’ve got all your eggs (IT) in one basket.

When going to the cloud, you should either have a hybrid private/public cloud with redundancy, or two public cloud providers with diversity. Those that stray from IT best practices will pay the price – on twitter you’ll get the dreaded #fail associated with your name.

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