5 Things Learned After Recent Amazon Cloud Outage

Cloud technology is the technology of the future. Companies store information online at remote locations. Users access the data by logging on to the Internet, meaning they can work from anywhere. The benefits are obvious… companies don’t have to invest in expensive network servers and the staff to maintain them.

But nothing is perfect. Here are five things to know about Amazon’s Cloud DynamoDB outage.

1. On September 20 at 2:19 a. m. PDT, Amazon’s U.S.-East data center experienced service outages causing slowdowns and service disruptions for some of their big-name clients, including: NetFlix, Instagram, Vine, Amazon’s own Alexa and Instant Video services

2. The problem was fixed in less than one hour. But it continues to impact Amazon and it’s clients. Estimates show Amazon lost as much as $1,100 in net sales per second.

3. Cloud providers recommend geographical redundancy. Customers should spread out their services among multiple data centers. If one goes down, the other maintains service. In practice, few companies employ this strategy. Why? Companies fear that having backup data centers will increase their costs.

4. Instagram is owned by Facebook and Vine is owned by Twitter. Both have their own cloud-based networks. Both have yet to bring these subsidiaries into their own networks. Maybe now they will.

5. One solution is for clients to “failover” to another Amazon region when US-East has service outages. They would have duplicate data in a second regional data center. But using a second center will cost more. Or clients can keep their own servers running as backup. However, this adds an estimated 25% or more to the cost of a cloud system.

Cloud computing is the technology of the future, but until geographical redundancy is the rule rather than the exception, it will continue to be a less than perfect business strategy.

Best Multiplayer Mobile Apps That Can Be Played Over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

father and son playing mobile games together

Mobile multiplayer games are a great way to bond with friends. Whether the game is simple and free, or advanced for a fee, games over wifi and bluetooth are becoming increasingly fun and available for Android and IOS systems. These six games are optimal for either system, and are capable of multiplayer mode on wifi or bluetooth.

1. Spaceteam – Get Together With Friends to Save Your Spaceship

Spaceteam involves navigating your way through complicated predicaments during space travel with teamwork. With friends you can maneuver your spaceship in order to do damage control and attempt to get to safety. This game can be hectic, but is bound to get your energy up with your friends. The best part is that Spaceteam is completely free.

2. Real Racing 3 – Push the Pedal Against Friends On Facebook

Real Racing can be played on wifi or bluetooth, but also requires you to log in through Facebook to complete. You can race against your friends in real-time or even race your best time and leave it to your friends to beat that time later on. This is another free game for you and your friends to enjoy on Android or IOS. Continue reading