Analysis: Rethinking cloud architecture after the outage of Amazon Web Services

March 13th, 2017 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Analysis: Rethinking cloud architecture after the outage of Amazon Web Services”

“A thoughtful, thorough recap of the recent AWS outage and a look at the key difference between durability and availability when it comes to cloud architecture.”

– Patrick Torney – eDot

The following article written by: Geek Wire

BY BRIAN GUY on March 5, 2017

Thanks to innovation from companies such as Amazon with AWS, Microsoft with Azure, and Google with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), organizations of all sizes are today increasingly more agile and competitive. Cloud provider partners like Dev9 enable organizations to optimize their journey to the Cloud.

But on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, many people found that their smart phone applications were no longer working properly, many web sites were down and the Internet in general just seemed broken. This is what happens when AWS, the largest Cloud provider, experiences a “service disruption.”

What makes this past week’s outage unique is that unlike prior outages, “service disruptions” or “service events” as Amazon calls them, this week’s web site outages and mobile application failures were not the result of organizations not following Amazon’s best practices, otherwise known as the “Well-Architected Framework.”

In prior AWS outages, such as the 2016 “Service Event in the Sydney Region” where an entire Availability Zone (AZ) failed, organizations that followed Amazon’s Well-Architected best practices were not negatively impacted. This 2017 outage will no doubt cause Amazon to reassess its Well-Architected Framework and introduce new best practices focused on S3 availability.

Indeed, even the AWS Service Health Dashboard (SHD) itself was impacted due to its dependency on S3 in a single region. Amazon has now re-architected its dashboard to be multi-region.

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