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The lightning strike-induced outage of an Amazon EC2 data center underscores the importance of eventually getting to a state of hybrid clouds. Having applications running in multiple locations simultaneously, applications that can run in-house or in the cloud (see Appistry), or having automatic live migration to another cloud or in-house servers can help to eliminate this kind of downtime (although I don’t know that the latter would help in the case of lightning). This strike also should drive use of Amazon’s Availability Zones, which are based on the notion that a lightning strike in the U.S. won’t affect a data center on another continent.