Comments Competition winners come from two different posts. The first is one from Reaching for the Sky Through The Compute Clouds. It came from martin english, who wrote that companies still need "backup clouds", even if they use Amazon's clouds. Congratulations Martin, you've won a $30 Amazon voucher, courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Amazon WishList Widget.We have two prize winners to announce, for yesterday and today. Our 7th and 8th daily
Here is martin's cloud comment:
"The "common sense solution" is simple 'black boxes' with the minimum of linkages. In short, less to go wrong. But things will still go wrong, so allow for backup servers / sites / clouds (see how it works ? if you us server based computing, you need a backup server; if you use cloud based computing, you need a backup cloud...). Not only must these backup clouds be 'safe', they must be available.
The implication, for 100% uptime (and true vendor independence), is that your service needs to be able to run on AWS and EMC and..
This will cost $$ (developer time if nothing else). Someone (i.e the customer) needs to decide how far doen the route you go before the spend outweighs the value."