Internet expert on AWS outage: A lot of economy ‘reliant on a handful of cloud providers’
Director of Internet Analysis for Kentik Doug Madory argues it’s ‘rare’ a business can operate these days without using cloud services.
One day after a widespread, extended interruption of service at Amazon Web Services, one expert warned that "it is really hard to completely remove the possibility of an outage" even though cloud providers take an "enormous amount of steps to try and ensure resiliency."
Doug Madory, director of internet analysis for network intelligence firm Kentik, made the comments on "Cavuto: Coast to Coast" Wednesday, one day after Amazon Web Services experienced a widespread outage, impacting thousands of users on different websites and streaming platforms for several hours.
AWS provides cloud computing services to many governments, universities, and companies.
"We are seeing the impact to multiple AWS APIs in the US-EAST-1 Region," a notice on Amazon Web Services' status webpage read on Tuesday. The notice later said the root cause had been identified, and Amazon was "actively working towards recovery."
The outage began midmorning Tuesday on the U.S. East Coast, Madory said.
"AWS is the biggest cloud provider and US-EAST-1 is their biggest data center, so any disruption there has big impacts to many popular websites and other internet services," he told The Associated Press Tuesday.
Speaking with host Neil Cavuto on Wednesday, Madory noted that the issue is partly due to the "success of the cloud computing service industry" and the reliance on the popular services.
"A decade ago companies might have a data center in their basement or something where there’s a bunch of servers being run," he said.