Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Amazon outage

An interesting opinion about the recent Amazon outage:

>>Dr. Supranamaya Ranjan, a senior member of the technical staff at Narus, says Amazon is typically adept at "load balancing" -- responding to customer visits by spreading its computing resources efficiently between the computer servers that are in the best position to respond to that customer at that time. But during the outages, he said, that was not the case; his visits to Amazon.com were often handled by faraway or already overloaded servers.

"That does lead me to conjecture that they are in the process of re-architecting the whole way their content distribution system works and the causes for this could have been this new Unbox service," Dr. Ranjan said.

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