On April 21, 2011 there are several websites down. Among the affected are HootSuite, Reddit, Foursquare and Quora. The problems appear to be caused by an issue affecting the Amazon Web Services. The company claims that are working to resolve the problem. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Relational Database Service and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk also appear to be experiencing problems. The issues were all visible on 4/21/2011 at Amazon’s AWS Service Health Dashboard.
While critics may be quick to point the drawbacks of cloud computing, it is important to keep a cool head and keep a full picture of cloud computing: benefits and drawbacks. Organizations that really heavily on cloud computing need to have an appropriate plan of action to tackle downtime problems.