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VMware Cloud Goes Down; Thank Goodness It's Only Beta

When VMware helped create Cloud Foundry, an open Platform as a Service (PaaS) system, it had high hopes. Some of these hopes may not have been dashed, but were certainly bruised after two recent Cloud Foundry outages.

Cloud Foundry is open source, and VMware has been testing a Foundry service in recent weeks. One outage lasted a bit shorter than half a day and only impacted new customers. A power supply, which cut off access to storage, was the culprit.

The next day, the entire network went down. Amazingly, it took just one inadvertent keystroke to trash the network. The data was fine -- it just couldn't be gotten to!

How can cloud providers prove the integrity of their systems? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/10/2011 at 12:47 PM


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