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The cloud may be to blame

A cloud-storage malfunction knocking out services shows how much we've all come to depend on the centralisation of data

Published Fri, Mar 3, 2017 · 09:50 PM

WHEN a cloud-storage malfunction at Amazon Inc temporarily knocked out services including Netflix, Slack, the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, "smart" thermostats and my email server, it demonstrated how much we've all come to depend on one company's infrastructure.

It also shows how the centralisation of data has made the Internet - at least the part that most of us use - more vulnerable than it was designed to be.

Although Amazon may be known mainly for two-day shipping, cloud computing is where it actually makes money. The company owns big data centres around the world and rents out computing power and storage on demand. This global cloud infrastructure service is dominated by just four players, and A…

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