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Recovery.gov Not Affected by Cloud Difficulties

Posted in Recovery.gov by Recovery.gov on April 26, 2011

Smart planning leads to good results. Nearly a year ago, Recovery.gov became the first government-wide system to move to a cloud computing service.  The Recovery Board and its prime contractor, Smartronix, selected the Amazon cloud environment to host Recovery.gov. During the process, we engineered a fail-safe system that would keep Recovery.gov up and running in the event that the Amazon cloud experienced technical difficulties.

 Last Thursday, the cloud did, in fact, experience technical problems. Several federal government websites were affected but Recovery.gov was not one of them.  Because of our structural safeguards, the cloud remained available to host Recovery.gov. Users on our website were not inconvenienced.

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  1. Kelly Felix said, on May 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

    A good friend of mine, who’s in digital security is very wary of cloud computing and thinks everything in the cloud should be mirrored on secure private servers.

    I’m glad the Amazon outage didn’t effect recover.gov but hopefully it’ll show some that cloud computing in its current form may not be the way forward.

  2. John said, on September 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Failsave and full redundancy is a must on any mission critical server / data. Good job!

  3. Ira Rabinowitz said, on December 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I work in web design. I have recently set up my clients to back up using cloud at Amazon S3

    It is great for small businesses to back up their data. Glad to see the gov is using cloud to do backups.

    You can’t be too careful after 9/11

  4. Lisa Turner said, on January 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Cloud computing seems to be the safest and most reliable way to go now. Congrats on your smart planning and keeping your clients up and running thru the Amazon technical difficulties.

  5. Chris Radich said, on January 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The cloud industry is definitely going to be growing in market size. I feel that it is essential to switch over to the cloud, as long as the necessary security administration is in place.

  6. Durrant James said, on May 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Cloud computing is definitely the trend of technology, offload the complex infrastructure to vendors is a key to success.


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