Doom-mongers hold off: no cause for alarm after CloudStore outage

The four-hour outage that led to CloudStore going offline should not be treated as a warning about cloud

Today's outage of the government's CloudStore served as a stark reminder that the road to universal take-up of cloud has a long way to go.

The Azure problem that bedevilled the apps store was fixed within a few hours but that was time enough for alarm bells to be rung, the doom mongers to gloat and several PR executives to leap into action on behalf of their clients and proclaim that dependency on the public cloud was a doomed venture.

But, hold on a minute, the CloudStore is still very much in the experimental stage. There's a big clue in the beta tag underneath the word CloudStore and the rubric underneath points out that it was put together in four weeks, right next to the part that asks for comments, suggestions and feeback. 

The government has got this right: it moved quickly and got an apps store up so it can be looked at, prodded with a stick and generally get the going-over. It got moving before all the suppliers were accredited the point being to demonstrate the philosophy and capability of the apps store.

There's already talk of a second version of CloudStore this spring, one built on open source rather than Azure and there seems to be no stopping the onset of cloud in the public sector.

If CloudStore had been put together in the usual way: by deeply convoluted tender, by a complex planning process and countless committees, we'd still be some way off any sort of beta. Software goes wrong - that's the nature of the beast - better it goes wrong now than when it's become part of the public sector landscape.

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