“I find it really hard to believe that we cannot collectively beat a company that sells books,” said Carl Eschenbach, the chief operating officer of VMWare, at the company’s recent annual confab with its partners and resellers. VMWare competes with Amazon to provide businesses with computing and IT services in the cloud and—I’m sorry to say to Eschenbach—he might soon have to suspend his disbelief.
Amazon’s web services (AWS). Even pre-web companies are on AWS, like Tickemaster, and established web businesses, like Yelp. Sure, the reliability could use some work. But my own sources indicate that one reason Amazon cloud outages take out the websites of the companies that use them is that those companies have not set up adequate backup and fail-over procedures. In other words, companies use Amazon’s web services knowing they’re taking a risk, because it’s quick and inexpensive and they’re willing to gamble rather than spend more to guarantee their services will never go down.