It looks like Amazon's Web services had some failures. Most people don't know that in the cloud world Amazon Web Services are being used in most of the major players like salesforce.com.
So if your business or government has purchased cloud services this year the odds they are being run on the Amazon web services. According to this story this mess was based on a power supply that died, and the backup that dies too. That is what scares me to death, what investment in hardware are these folks investing in? (Maybe very cheap hardware to manage your mission critical software)I am all for Cloud systems, however we at Adept are involved in a different design than these folks. Private Cloud applications and Infrastructure is the way to go. I like to know what hardware our applications are being run on. Most experts would say well than your software in not really in the cloud. OK whatever, at least our applications work and we haven't lost control and can access our systems anywhere in the world. However, we do like using true cloud services, but for non-mission critical applications.
What I recommend is to not lose control over your Technology Infrastructure. It is not time to sell your servers on eBay, and layoff your IT professionals yet….if ever. We will see more cloud failures, are you ready?