The Cloud Domino Effect

Yesterday around lunchtime, Amazon’s eastern web services went down and stayed down until about 4:15 in the afternoon.

Many users learned that their Cloud services utilized Amazon’s web services. Netflix, Reddit, Slack, Pinterest, and many other major companies were affected by this outage. This is what I call the domino effect of the Cloud – most Cloud services utilize other Cloud services as part of their solution.

From a user perspective, if you make use of a Cloud-based service and it goes down, you can break out a deck of cards. There are no workarounds and nothing that you can do to fix it.

Are there options that can keep you working? The answer is ‘Yes’. And you might be surprised to learn that these options can often cost quite a bit less and offer greater flexibility than the Cloud in some circumstances. Learn more about Hybrid-Cloud or other premises services at


Author: Glenn Mores

President & CEO MicroData