Outages Plague Cloud Computing Technology

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MANILA, Philippines -- A couple of weeks back, Amazon and Sony Playstation Network sufferred system outage that cast doubts on the reliability of cloud computing. Google also had its own share of problems when their consumer blogging service, Blogger, became inaccessible or slow.

Just recently, Microsoft experienced problems with its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), a set of online applications that includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting.

The email issues were compounded by an unrelated DNS server problem, which, for a couple of hours, prevented customers from using Outlook Web Access hosted in the U.S., and also had some impact on Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync devices.

All these are contributing to fears and worries that cloud computing is not yet ready for the enterprise - a public cloud that is.

Cloud computing is a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access.

A simple example of cloud computing is Yahoo email or Gmail etc. You dont need a software or a server to use them. Users simply needs to have a PC/Notebook/Tablet and an internet connection and they can start sending emails.

The server and email management software is all on the cloud ( internet) and is totally managed by the cloud service provider Yahoo , Google etc. …