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The Hails and Fails of Cloud Computing in 2012

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Bangalore: The year 2012 has certainly been a prolific year for enterprise and cloud computing. With humungous raise in production and revenue, the cloud businesses is really getting itself into its pace which suggests that in 2013, this technology is all set to showcase the tech world its real strength. Even analysts and researchers have predicted that over the next two years, the cloud platform will see a massive doubling in its revenue.

Coming back to 2012, the year not only had to recite tales of success, but also a lot to say on the setbacks. For the past couple of months, we really saw some of the weaknesses in cloud computing which really has caused a bit of concern in the minds of new comers who are willing to shift their applications to the cloud.

With that in mind, as compiled by informationweek, here are some of the hails and fails of cloud computing in 2012.

FAIL #1: Outage Plagues Amazon and Others

The worst thing that can happen to a service is outage. When big companies starts betting their businesses on cloud, and when a sudden outage happens, the end result is total havoc. The same happened to Amazon Web Services in April 2012. The AW Service was the front runners in cloud services and suffered an unplanned outage in the month of April. Amazon has blamed the disruption on one of its data centers that unexpectedly went down.

On June 29th Amazon again faced another outage, this time due to violent electrical storms. The storm completely incapacitated one of its data centers. Amazon didn't say why the battery and generator backup systems of a supposedly highly available cloud didn't keep services running. The outage caused havoc across some of their important customers like Salesforce.com's developer cloud Heroku, Netflix, and social networking firms Instagram and Pinterest. On October 22nd, Amazon’s Elastic Block Storage services were disrupted for a few hours. This made some companies impossible to update and retrieve data into their websites.


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