Amazon, Sony, Apple: Three Stories to Follow

Amazon’s EC2 Troubles is Giving Cloud Skeptics Plenty of Ammunition

“It seems to me the outage of Amazon’s cloud computing service … was a signal event,” says InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock. Those who advocate for cloud computing now will face more skepticism within their departments about the cloud being a reliable solution to data issues. Their traditional arguments — such as that service providers like Amazon have set up themselves to protect against a catastrophic failure — aren’t as strong as they were early last week.

Source: InformationWeek

Speaking of Failures, Sony’s PlayStation Network is Still Down

Sony’s PlayStation Network has been down since Wednesday because of an “external intrusion” (such a nice phrase). The company says it’s improving its security even as it works to get itself back online. “The outage is one of the worst suffered by a major online network,” notes VentureBeat. The fact it’s happening at the same time as Amazon’s trouble gives cloud critics more ammunition.

Source: VentureBeat

Apple’s Testing an iPhone for T-Mobile

Boy Genius Report’s published photos of an iPhone prototype with T-Mobile USA 3G bands. BGR says it’s confirmed the phone is running a test version of iOS, as well as Apple test apps.

Source: Boy Genius Report

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