May 17, 2020

AWS: the world’s most comprehensive cloud platform

Cloud
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
AWS: the world’s most comprehensive cloud platform
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considered the world’s most comprehensive and in-depth cloud platform.

As a subsidiary of Amazon, AWS provides on-demand...

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considered the world’s most comprehensive and in-depth cloud platform.

As a subsidiary of Amazon, AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, organisations and governments on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Officially launched in 2002, AWS today offers more than 175 fully featured services from data centres worldwide. The organisation serves hundreds of thousands of customers across 190 different countries globally. Recognised as a leader in the field, no other cloud provider offers as many regions with multiple Availability Zones connected by low latency, high throughput, and highly redundant networking.

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It has several different solutions, such as: application hosting, websites, backup and storage, enterprise IT, content delivery and databases.

Why is it considered the leading cloud platform?

  • Most functionality - AWS has considerably more services and features within those services than any other cloud provider. This ranges from infrastructure technology like compute storage and databases to the latest technologies such as machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things. This allows it to be easier, faster and more cost effective to move existing applications to the cloud and create almost anything.

  • Largest community of customers and partners - AWS has a large and dynamic community, with millions of active customers and tens of thousands of partners globally. Customers from every industry and of all sizes are running every imaginable use case on AWS.

  • Most secure - AWS is designed to be the most flexible and secure cloud computing environment today. Its core infrastructure is designed to meet the requirements for the military, global banks and other high-sensitive organisations. AWS supports 90 security standards and compliance certifications, as well as 117 AWS services that store customer data and provide the ability to encrypt that data.

  • Fastest pace of innovation - Through AWS, it can allow the latest state-of-the-art technologies to experiment and innovate more efficiently. AWS is continuously increasing its pace of innovation to invent new technologies to empower businesses to transform their operations. In 2014, AWS created the serverless computing space with the launch of AWS Lambda, which enables developers to run their code without managing servers.

  • Most proven operational expertise - AWS has unrivalled experience, know-how, reliability, security and performance. AWS has been providing cloud services to millions of customers worldwide through a variety of use cases. 

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
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 gov.uk, 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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