AWS is also playing defense here, though. Burns says as the cloud market continues to evolve, more and more vendors will come out with offerings aimed at biting into AWS's market share. While he doesn't see any connection with this announcement and the recent outage, he does see more customers looking outside of the AWS ecosystem to providers who may serve a niche need, or perhaps to another cloud provider as a backup. "Amazon's still in great shape," Burns says, but other competitors seem to be champing at the bit.
Today's news comes almost two weeks after Amazon experienced its third major outage in two years. On Oct. 22, a memory bug caused by new hardware that had been installed in a Northern Virginia data center caused a cascading effect that eventually brought down a large portion of one of AWS's availability zones.
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.