Netflix CEO still bullish on the cloud

Posted by Raven Lovecraft

It'll take more than a little outage for Netflix to change its plans.

It only took a line of strong storms to bring down the servers that power Netflix's massive streaming operation, but the online giant says that it still fully believes in the power of cloud computing, and it has no plans to restructure anything as a result of the unexpected service failure earlier this month.

The problem that occurred last weekend was that Amazon's Web Services division collapsed from massive thunderstorms that ravaged a huge chunk of the eastern half of the country.

Netflix, along with many other online powerhouses, use Amazon's servers to power their operations. Netflix admitted it was due to issues on Amazon's end, but did not outright criticize the online retail giant.

Instead, Netflix merely said, "This outage highlighted the need for additional tools."

But the company doesn't intend to shift its online resources away from Amazon or put into place any drastic changes as a direct result of the service disruption.

It was nevertheless "a reminder that as everyone transitions from local storage to the cloud, that it is always a good idea to keep hard-copy back-ups of everything, because you never know what might take down the cloud."

It may also be true that consumers have come to expect these kinds of events. The Netflix outage didn't cause any sort of customer backlash whatsoever.