Travis just posted, “Unlike the Weather, You Can Choose Your Cloud”, discussing the recent power outages we experienced here in the Northern VA area last week. As a native of this area, thunder storms and hurricanes do pass our way and affect us during this time of year. Late May of 2008, we had a storm very similar to this one and this isn’t the first Amazon outage, “Amazon EC2 Outage Downs Reddit, Quora” April 2011, nor will it be their last. Intuit’s SaaS QuickBooks was down 36 hours in June 2010, “Update: Intuit Sites Outage Strands Thousands of SMBs”. Or just this past Tuesday Salesforce.com was down, triggered by a power outage at an Equinix data center in Silicon Valley. Each time one of these outages occurs, it gains big headlines that the cloud has failed.