Netflix (s nflx) is fighting back outages in the Amazon Web Services (s amzn) cloud computing platform with a new architecture that has its streaming-video service running live across multiple regions of the AWS cloud and balancing user traffic between them. It is, to quote Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal.
It’s big because availability is a big deal, and availability hasn’t always been delivered as some might have expected from the cloud. The term “cloud computing” evokes images of workloads floating across a heavenly blanket of clouds in the sky without a care in the world, but the technical reality has traditionally been more like a handful of cloud scattered across the sky. Your servers are running in one of those clouds: If it dissipates, so does your application.
AWS has rolled out numerous features and architectural strategies (such as regions and availability zones) to mitigate the…
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