Time to Rethink the Commercial Cloud Thing?

Bob Brewin | NextGov | July 2, 2012

The failure of the Amazon Web Services' Virginia data center after a severe storm Friday and the hours it took the company to restore service -- while Defense Information Systems Agency cloud services chugged along without interruption -- sure seem like good reasons to question putting any federal data in the commercial cloud.

Yeah, the price may look right at first, but does it come at human and financial costs if the commercial data center goes dark due to acts of nature? The joint Defense and Veterans Affairs Department Interagency Program Office specified Amazon cloud services in a technical blueprint  for the integrated electronic health record released last month.

I thought this idea was balmy at the time, and it looks even nuttier after the meltdown of Amazon’s Virginia data center last week.