Amazon adds redundancy and geographical resiliency to EC2

Amazon is taking cloud computing very seriously and the addition of "availability zones" into EC2 will further cement the company as a leader.

Amazon is introducing what is definitely the "must-have" utility for it's EC2 cloud computing offering to become a reality. Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service now has an application programming interface (API) that lets developers choose where its application physically runs.

As Martin LaMonica writes on News.blog:

This Availability Zones feature is important because people can now add redundancy to their application. Choosing multiple zones, people can have server instances with separate power, cooling, network access, and physical servers

This is an important move by Amazon and I would expect it to be echoed by others. Simply obscuring where your data lives (distributed or not) as Google does, doesn't provide the level of comfort that enterprises need.There must be a built-in mechanism for high-availability and redundancy when you data is floating in the universe.

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Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.

 

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