New blog post highlights company experience with Amazon EC2


Thinking of using Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) EC2 infrastructure for your business? Before you dive right in, it may be a good idea to read the candid and detailed analysis of its strengths and limitations that social marketing analysis firm outlined in a new blog post this week.

One area that EC2 was praised for was how it opened a brand new way to server computing, offering the ability to scale up in response to high loads, or down when demand was lower than anticipated. There is also no need to worry about getting the pre-launch server capacity right the first time.

However, the article does highlight some issues that the company encountered with EC2. One of them involved Amazon's spotty "retirement" process for failing hardware.

Another issue that they company highlighted was the failure of entire availability zones. These failures were deemed more likely than the prospect of losing "an individual box." In that context, companies planning failure scenarios need to be aware that having a master and a slave in the same zone is practically useless, and that multi-region is recommended to defend against multi-zone outages.

Amazon has had its fair share of outages recently. Specifically, we covered the most recent zone outage which took place in June this year here, while the earlier part of 2011 saw EC2 suffering a multi-zone outage in April 2011. You can read the full blog post here.

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