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Amazon Cloud Outage: The Sky is Falling?

For the past few years we have been talking about the risks alongside the rewards of cloud computing.

For the past few years we have been talking about the risks alongside the rewards of cloud computing. As cloud services have been on the rise, the number of companies embracing the cloud computing environment has been exploding even faster. This then leads to glitches such as the Amazon cloud outage, whch causes experts to call into question whether or not they should be using the technology. Obviously, Amazon has to determine the root cause and has some explaining to do to the affected customers. But, rather than simply embracing the cloud and entrusting your business-critical processing and data to it, you need to have a plan in place for situations like the Amazon outage. Don't use cloud services unless you can adequately answer the question "what happens to my business if the cloud service in unavailable?" This is absolutely true, and same goes for protecting what you put in the cloud. Even though the Amazon outage is about downtime, this is a good time to step back and assess all angles, particularly security. It's absolutely essential that not only do you have a back-up plan in place, you also need to be sure what's in the cloud is really protected... do you really know where your sensitive data is and how it's being safe-guarded?