Aug 13, 2020

Amazon: Top ten cloud companies

Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
We take a closer look at Amazon, an innovative cloud company who claimed the fourth spot in our list of the top ten cloud companies...

 Amazon is an American e-commerce company that focuses its business on cloud, artificial intelligence and digital streaming (Prime Video).The company is undeniably one of the largest and most influential technology companies in the world, with its Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Besos, predicted to become a trillionaire soon.

Amazon is a household name across the whole world and undoubtedly, whilst in lockdown, many of us have had lots of those smiley boxes turning up at our doorstep but that is not all that the company does. 

Since 1994, the company has grown from solely an online marketplace to a global technology and logistics titan. The company now provides services in music, television, publishing and much more through its various channels; Prime Video, Amazon Publishing, etc. The company has even created its own voice activated assistant, Alexa, and the smaller version of Alexa; Amazon Dot.

The company has a vast portfolio of products:

  • Amazon Digital Game Store
  • Amazon Studios
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Alexa
  • Appstore
  • Amazon Drive
  • Echo
  • AmazonWireless
  • Kindle
  • Fire tablets
  • Fire TV
  • AmazonFresh
  • Amazon Prime
  • Video
  • Kindle Store
  • Music
  • Music Unlimited

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was formed back in 2002 and since then has taken the technology industry by storm ever since then. This success has led Amazon to being named one of the Big Four technology companies alongside other high fledged companies such as Google and Apple.

The company is committed to providing the best customer service through its well trained team. It is also committed to evoking change and it has recently been announced that the company has pledged £500,000 to support theatre workers through the pandemic. The company has also worked tirelessly to provide customers with fast shipping of their essential packages even due to delays with local couriers. 

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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