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Your APIs are Only as Good as the APIs They Depend On

On February 28, it seemed like half the internet went down when the Amazon AWS S3 cloud storage system in northern Virginia suffered an outage that lasted more than four hours. In internet time, that’s an eternity – and potentially a lot of lost revenue for Amazon and its customers, not to speak of all the hair-on-fire in operations and support, and the ripples of disruption spreading down the line to end users. If you rely on a third-party service like Amazon AWS S3 to provide mission-critical functionality, your clients are going to blame you when it goes down. AWS [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Cloud, IT and Cloud, Opinion|0 Comments

Tesla’s API outage is a lesson for everybody in today’s hyper-connected world

Forty years ago, the average car barely had a transistor in it. But a car in 2017 is basically a bunch of incredibly sophisticated software riding around on some very high-end processors attached to a chassis. Sometimes you can’t even open the doors if the car app can't access to the manufacturer’s API - as outraged Tesla owners discovered during its 20-hour outage last week. Tesla relies on constant communication between the company’s data centers and its vehicles for vital real-time information to manage the cars safely, optimize their performance and, in some circumstances, simply make the cars go. That [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments