Latest outage raises more questions about Amazon cloud – Multi-vendor solution needed

I agree that a multi-vendor cloud approach is ultimately the approach needed when considering putting revenue generating and enterprise services on the cloud. There is however still the problem of managing a multi-vendor cloud provider solution. There are both start ups and open source initiatives gunning for your business to become the proxy to multi-vendor clouds. This includes Euculyptus, Openstack and Cloudstack from a software perspective. From a vendor perspective you have a few companies you guys have already profiled trying to become the single point of sale and management for multiple cloud vendors.
This is a difficult nut to crack no matter the approach you take. You could choice to build a management platform yourself that distributes the load across multiple cloud vendors or you could go with one of the two options presented above. Either way it ain’t easy. Workloads are not portable across multiple cloud vendors. You have to worry about how you replicate data between vendors (see Gigaoms recent article on “The enterprise needs a better network to the cloud). You also need to worry about the actual difference in compute performance between multiple cloud vendors. The way that Amazon provisions and categories performance is completely different than the way Rackspace does.
Yeah, multi-vendor clouds are the way to go. Let me know when there’s a commercial option available and I will start a business reselling it or building services for customers around it 🙂


Massive thunderstorms notwithstanding, the fact that Amazon’s (s amzn) U.S. East data center went down again Friday night while other cloud services hosted in the same area kept running raises anew questions about whether Amazon is suffering architectural glitches that go beyond acts of God. While most Amazon services were back up Saturday morning, the company was still working on provisioning the backlog for its ELB load balancers as of 5:31 p.m. eastern time, according to the AWS dashboard.

This outage — the second this month — took down Netflix (s nflx), Instagram (s fb), Pinterest, and Heroku(s crm), as Om previously reported. The storm was undoubtedly huge, leaving 1.3 million in the Washington D.C. area without power as of Saturday afternoon, but Joyent, an Amazon rival, also hosts cloud services from an Ashburn, Virg. data center and experienced no outage, something its marketing people were quick to point out.


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