I find it quite amusing that blog reading has just about stopped since that mighty engine of the internet and shining example of the power of cloud computing – Blogger, has been titsup.com for approaching 48hrs now.
Yet tiny garage shoestring operations like NS or OOL sail on serenely undisturbed by the storm tost seas. Note also that the outage is entirely self inflicted by Blogger – from their Help Forum –
‘We have rolled back the maintenance release from last night and as a result, posts and comments from all users made after 7:37 am PDT on May 11, 2011 have been removed. Again, we apologize that this happened and our engineers are working hard to return Blogger to normal and restore your posts and comments. We will post a report once this work is complete.’
And note further that this is the second major computing cloud outage in a couple of weeks… The Amazon EC2 Cloud was out for an extended period a week or so back, also due to ‘maintenance’.
Mark Mayo of Joyent commented –
‘It was fantasy believing it was possible to pull off a centralized network block storage service in a multi-tenant cloud without any of the architecture shenanigans our enterprise brethren do and think that applications, databases, and business could depend on its being perfect.’
While technical, the article is worth a read.(h/t Theo Schlossnagle at Esoteric Curio)
You are invited to compute the financial implications were there service level agreements in play at Blogger, or if your business depended on your blogsite – e.g. to keep all your business documents, or process all your business transactions?
The ongoing and ever recurring re-invention of the mainframe computer monolith as the source of all that is good in computing is rather a good analogue/metaphor for the central state/individual dichotomy I think?