FBI Seizes Public Cloud Servers Killing Innocent Applications

In my May 24 blog entry Amazon, Sony, Hackers and the Public Cloud, I described a potential risk to users of public cloud services:

There’s this little thing called the Patriot Act that allows the FBI and others to do just that – walk into Amazon’s data center and remove the machine running the hackers applications – and mine along with them.   And if I have a complex transactional application it’s very likely that I will lose something.

The seal of the FBIJust a couple of weeks later, that risk became reality – though admittedly the incident did not occur at Amazon, but at a data center in Reston, Virginia used by Swiss hosting provider DigitalOne AG.    At 1:15am, the FBI arrived, and seized 62 servers, ripping out their cables and removing them from three separate enclosures.   The effect, accordingto DigitalOne was “massive disruption to our business and functional processes to our clients’ uninvolved servers“.

DigitalOne claim that prior to the seizure, the authorities had requested information on three IP addresses.   DigitalOne precisely identified the three servers using those IP addresses to the FBI agents, but the agents seized a further 59 servers that were present in the same enclosures.   DigitalOne also claim that “various modules and cable connections, and also our company’s backup systems were affected, resulting in massive disruptions to a considerable number of client servers, our e-mail system, and our support system“. Read more of this post

Forrester Rates the Private Cloud Vendors

Forrester Research has published its Q2 2011 Market Report on Private Cloud.    This is highly significant as it is the first independent, side-by-side review of vendor solutions.    To qualify for inclusion in the report, vendors had to have shipping product and provide a reference customer using it in a production environment.   Forrester notes that there are many vendors in the space, but only 15 made it into the report, suggesting many products are immature. Read more of this post


Cloud Computing Clearing the Cloud FogFor some time now I’ve been thinking about starting a blog with the intent of de-mystifying what Jeremy Geelan, Chair of the International Cloud Expo, described as “the murky fog of cloud computing”.   And, at what is probably one of the busiest times in my life, I’ve finally got around to doing it. Read more of this post


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