Cloud Outages: Less Common, More Damaging
The frequency of outages, and their durations, are decreasing as cloud providers gain operational experience and more mature technologies.
That's the good news. But the flip side is that enterprises, and the population at large, are increasingly vulnerable from downtime. As modern applications and data sources become more and more distributed, and our reliance on them to manage nearly every aspect of our lives grows, the potential for harm, or at least intense frustration, is greater than ever.
A high-profile outage near the end of the year, the DDoS attack on DNS provider Dyn, revealed serious vulnerabilities that can paralyze an increasingly connected world.