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Latest Amazon outage highlights cloud challenges

When it comes to building and operating the infrastructure to power some of the most popular services on the internet, it’s no surprise that many companies have decided that Amazon can do a better, more cost-effective job than they can.

Amazon’s AWS infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, of course, aren’t perfect. Outages, some of them quite large and ugly, do happen.

Cloud #fail: Sidekick data loss sideswipes T-Mobile customers

The past week hasn’t been good for T-Mobile and Microsoft subsidiary, Danger. An apparent hardware failure has left hundreds of thousands of T-Mobile’s customers using Sidekick phones without access to the data services that are relied upon to deliver almost all of their mobile services, including address books and calendars.

The news doesn’t get any better for those customers who don’t have the data stored on their devices: it may all be gone. While reports are coming in indicating that data has been restored for some users, rumors have also circulated which claim no working backups are available.

Lightning strikes Amazon’s EC2

Cloud computing is growing in popularity and many businesses, both large and small, are turning to the cloud to host critical applications.

Amazon’s EC2 is one of the most popular offerings but all it took was a single lightening strike to take part of the EC2 cloud down last night.