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Miss Hong Kong data-typhoon

Stefan Hammond | Aug. 31, 2012
At a Computerworld Hong Kong event years ago, I heard a senior executive explain how online retailer Amazon re-engineered their e-commerce process for the Christmas gift-giving season.

It's the simplest explanation.

As Richard Stagg noted, cloud resources are not unlimited. That's why I began this post with the Amazon example. I know of no more torturous testing of any IT system prior to deployment. But for Amazon, the stakes were critical. TVB won't vanish after this incident--they'll lick their wounds and (hopefully) learn from it.

And by the way, congratulations to the wonderfully named Carat Cheung.


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