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The HealthCare.gov Experience: Why Critical Systems Fail

Richard Cook, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The amazing thing isn’t that systems like the healthcare.gov government web site can fail in spectacular fashion, says Dr. Richard Cook. It’s that it doesn’t happen more often. Cook, an expert on failures in complex systems, says it’s human nature to push these systems to the “hairy edge of failure.” Read More

Network Issues Cause Amazon Cloud Outage

It was a stormy week in the cloud, as an outage at Amazon Web Services affected some customers and sparked discussion about resiliency strategies. (Photo by BCP via Flickr.

There was another Amazon cloud outage this morning as the oldest AWS cloud computing region stuttered, reminding folks that if you heavily rely on that the US-EAST region, it’s good to have contingency plans. Read More

School Districts Hit by Data Center Failures

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It’s back to school time, but the new school year got off to a rough start for two public school systems due to data center failures that crippled their IT systems. In Oregon, the Beaverton School District experienced several days of disruption after an errant alarm set off a fire… Read More

Major Outage for BlueHost, HostGator, HostMonster

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A Utah data center supporting some of the web hosting industry’s best known brands has suffered a networking outage, causing an extended service outage. The problems at a Provo, Utah facility operated by Endurance International Group, have led to downtime for customers of BlueHost, HostGator and HostMonster. Read More

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