SiT #15 – AWS Failure, Blame it on the Clouds?

Speaking in Tech #15: AWS Failure, Blame it on the Clouds?

You can listen to the episode in iTunes or on The Register.

Show notes and episode details after the jump…

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela.

Our special guest this week is George Reese, CTO and cofounder of enStratus. enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. enStratus is focused on the consumption of one or more cloud services from a single, consistent management platform.

Amazon Outage Hits Netflix, Heroku, Pinterest, Instagram

We all know the story by now: Bad weather knocked out power to Amazon’s EC2 services in Virginia and before you know it, Netflix subscribers were deprived of “Bad Girls from Mars” and Californians were deprived of posting their last foie gras pictures on Instagram.

  • But is this really about Amazon or good application “hygiene”?
  • Build for failure – If this can happen to Netflix, it can happen to anyone. With what we have learned about this outage, what could Netflix have done differently
  • Interoperability – Is this on the Infrastructure provider or on the application owner?
  • Leap-second issue was a bigger deal than Amazon outage
  • Burning down the house: “The Hole in VMware’s Whole Cloud Strategy”

George’s blog post: – The Hole in VMware’s Whole Cloud Strategy

“The move of Google and Microsoft into the IaaS space may ultimately be a sign that PaaS isn’t the grand future of cloud everyone has been predicting, but instead just a component of a cloud infrastructure—perhaps even a niche component. If the world isn’t ready for PaaS, then VMware has a huge hole in its cloud strategy because vCloud just won’t cut it for cloud-scale infrastructure.”

  • VMware, Apple, Google, and Oracle cloud startegies all get run over by George
  • Does VMware’s acquisition of DynamicOps change the game?