The Cloud Computing Fear Factor
Despite hesitancy toward cloud computing, it's having an impact on the roles of IT executives.
An outage at Amazon's northern Virginia EC2 data center took down a number of well-known websites and online services. Among the affected sites were Foursquare, Hootsuite, Quora and Reddit, CNN reports. The service, which provides processing power and storage to websites and businesses via the cloud, has a status site with a timeline of updates about the problems.
The outage occurred while most of North America was sleeping, but users on other continents were hit during their peak business hours, according to PCMag.com. Amazon has yet to release an official statement regarding exactly what happened. The outage is considered one of the worst Amazon has ever experienced, says ReadWriteWeb.