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5 things to watch for at Amazon cloud conference

Brandon Butler | Nov. 28, 2012
Pretty much anyone watching the cloud computing market will tell you that Amazon Web Services is its 800-pound gorilla. Which means that this is a big week for the company: On Wednesday in Las Vegas, Amazon kicks off its first user conference, called AWS re: Invent.

AWS recommends that customers spread workloads across multiple availability zones (AZs), which are meant to be separate data centers within Amazon's cloud that are fault-tolerant from one another. But during the most recent outage some customers who use a multi-AZ strategy still went down, raising questions about just how well that strategy works.


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