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Cardiac monitoring company affected by AWS downtime


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#1 Galadriel

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 05:21 PM

The Cloud. The Next Big Thing™... or so we were told.

We see the Cloud in action in our daily lives. Whether it's for backup purposes (with services like dropbox) or for web services like Amazon's EC2 and RDS services, the Cloud is prevalent and obviously here to stay.
What, however, is not understood by a certain percentage of the Cloud's heaviest users is that the promise of ~99% uptime also means that there is a ~1% downtime. One would think that any company even remotely thinking of hosting mission critical systems in the Cloud would take into consideration that there are no certainties in this life and that data redundancy is critical to a business' health (and in this case, to patient's lives).

I came upon a link that showed just how much people still need to learn about this fundamental basic rule. The Cloud is not a failsafe. It is a system and it can fail. If you host life-critical systems on it, you run the risk of losing access to these systems for indefinite amounts of time. If you have no backups, or contingency plans for such a scenario (like the company in the following link lacks), you have no one to blame but yourself. (insert facepalm smiley here)

https://forums.aws.amazon.com/thread.jspa?threadID=65649&tstart=0
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#2 m0le

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 06:36 PM

As stupid as it is, it doesn't bode well for their foray into web services that Amazon don't have the ability to deal with these issues even at the critical level that the poster is clearly at.
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