AWS lesson learned: Outages will happen, so prepare for them

Last night's AWS S3 data centre outage serves to underline the importance of having a plan in place to offset the effects of such events, emphasised Six Degrees Group Marketing Director Campbell Williams.

"Outages do happen," he stated. "Cloud platforms will go down, data centres will go offline and networks will break. But it's all about how you plan for these technology failures, and if your data only exists in one place, then there will always be a risk."

He urged organisations to back-up their data, and back-up their back-up. "Six Degrees builds AWS clouds with geographical resilience and multi-zoning, and offers hybrid and multi-cloud solutions to add vendor diversity," added Williams. "Companies that want to embrace cloud technology need to bring in the right expertise and do it properly."