Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Public services under a cloud

Cloud computing is like a utility. Cheap. Think of your gas and electricity and phone and water bills.

Like the internet, it's always available. Resilient. Disaster-proof. No power cuts. Ever.

Except for the past two days, when some suppliers accredited to the UK government CloudStore found they couldn't log on, see below.

CloudStore is hosted by Memset. And since 1 June 2013, it's been the responsibility of the Government Digital Service, who promise that cloud computing is the key to the future of public services delivered efficiently by innovative SMEs. If they can log on, at least.

Does anyone know how this impossible-to-happen service interruption happened?

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