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A cloudy day.

On Thursday April 21, 2011, it was reported that Amazon’s cloud computing service Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 platform developed for businesses who want to manage their servers and services remotely, experienced network outages that caused several of Amazon’s AWS customers’ businesses to come to a halt.   “Before 5 AM Eastern on April 21st, 2011, an outage started at EC2’s northern Virginia datacenter that brought down hundreds of web 2.0 and social media websites including Foursquare, Springpad, Reddit, Quora, BigDoor and Hootsuite.  Specifically, attempts to use Amazon’s elastic-disk and database services hung, failed, or were slow. Service was restored to some parts of the datacenter (three of four “availability zones” in Amazon’s terms) by late afternoon Eastern time that day;problems for at least some customers are continuing as of the night of April 23″. Source: ZDNET

Since its launch from beta on October 23, 2008, AWS has been reliable and prior to April 23, 2011 had reported 99.95% uptime percentages for its web services.

Would you have reliance in using cloud computing services to store your personal data and or run your business?

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