The message I got when I logged in to Twhirl today – another cloud computing outage. With all the hype around Cloud Computing right now, the darling of the genre is having issues, and not for the first time. As ever, I don’t point this out to have a pop at Amazon as frankly I love the pro-bono work they’re doing to raise awareness and use of this new computing approach. Being top of the pile comes with downsides though and one of them is when this happens, people notice and you make it to the top of Techmeme pretty quickly.
People talk of this stuff as Utility Computing but right now it’s not – imagine how pissed off you’d be if your electricity or water supply went down for 6 hours or more. The big shift is ahead for the industry but not without the following
- some big names will lose along the way – or get eaten up
- lawsuits will happen as SLA’s are promised and not met
- the backlash as cloud computing goes over the hype curve is inevitable
- a few small players will make big, big investments that are needed to make the cloud work