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Verizon Cloud shut down passes 30-hour mark

As of about 6 a.m. EST Sunday morning, Verizon’s Cloud was on hour 30 of what could be a 48-hour planned shutdown to rollout a major service upgrade. The provider had hoped — and its PR team had expressed — that most similar closures last 24 hours or less.

One customer Kenneth White, a security architect who designs systems for non-profit and federal clients, followed through on plans to live tweet the outage.

[company]Verizon[/company] has said that the major upgrade being implemented now will make future upgrades less painful to customers. Updates on the work should post on this Verizon customer forum.

While maintenance and service upgrades are to be expected, and users appreciate getting advanced warning on such events, the prevailing sentiment is that a full day — let alone two days — of no service is beyond the pale.

There are several ways cloud providers can offer high-availability service including hot patching and live migration. It was unclear if these technologies are part of Verizon’s plan going forward.

Data center construction fire

In other cloud news last week, there was a fire Friday morning at the construction site of a new [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services data center under construction in Reston, Virginia. According to CNNMoney and other reports, Loudoun County firefighters were sent in at 10:12 a.m. and had the fire, reportedly started by welding equipment on the roof, under control in about an hour.

Mirantis makes its OpenStack plug-in friendly

OpenStack upstart [company]Mirantis[/company] last week rolled out its OpenStack based on the new Juno OpenStack release. Mirantis has also worked with Tesoro to certify its Trove database-as-a-service in Mirantis OpenStack 6.0. ONe of the key goals is to make it easy for third parties to develop plug-ins that will integrate easily with this release.

In October, Mirantis scored $100 million in Series B funding from Insight Venture Partners with August Capital, [company]Intel[/company], WestSummit Capital [company]Ericsson[/company] and [company]SAP[/company], bringing total funding to about $120 million.

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Structure 2012: Steve Herrod - CTO and SVP of R&D, VMware
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