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D'oh! Amazon Cloud Fails at Its Cloud Summit

I'd like to use this space to tell you about Amazon's cloud announcement at AWS Summit San Francisco this morning... But the keynote web stream failed spectacularly.

This is what the stream looks like now:

Technical Difficulties


Fortunately, I have Twitter to keep me amused:

A couple of tweets suggested Amazon should go to competitors Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) for help:

The outage isn't just a black eye for Amazon -- it reflects badly on all cloud providers, including carriers, which are hosting their own cloud services and looking to partner with Amazon and other carriers to lure enterprise business.

We'll have updates for you on the announcements as soon as we get them, and also see what Amazon has to say about the failure.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to do my best to keep my fellow frustrated stream-viewers amused with polite conversation:

Updated 6:30 p.m. EDT: Amazon said in email: "Our video streaming provider had a cache configuration problem that caused degraded performance during the first 30 minutes. Once the configuration was fixed, video streaming returned to full capacity. A recording of today's keynote will be available tonight at https://live.awsevents.com."

I replied: "Was AWS technology in any way the cause of the problems? Shouldn't customers be concerned about trusting mission-critical workloads to the cloud when even Amazon itself can't provide a problem-free stream for its own event?"

I'll let you know if I get a response.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

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