Amazon’s cloud went down today in Northern Virginia, causing problems for countless businesses, as reported by British news outlet The Register. The problems, first detected by the company at 7:32 AM Pacific Time, occurred in the US-EAST-1 Data Center. This is not the first time Amazon has had major issues with their cloud computing services, and it certainly won’t be the last. Amazon has come under fire for these problems by critics, too. While there might be plenty of room for critiques, it is also important for businesses to know that they can protect themselves from such outages if they diversified their internet infrastructure and opted for Failover protection.

Indeed, if these businesses had DNS Made Easy’s Failover services, visitors to their pages would have been redirected essentially to a new phone number that would have protected them against downtime. DNS Made Easy’s monitoring nodes check every 2 to 4 minutes to ensure your primary IP is responding. DNS Made Easy’s monitoring system can be configured to check if a business’s service is running on TCP, UDP, HTTP, or HTTPS protocols as well as on any port. As soon as a business’s services fail to respond from at least two different geographical monitoring locations, the traffic will automatically be moved to a different system. This shift in traffic flow minimizes the amount of downtime that resulted in an outage. If DNS Made Easy’s Failover is used in conjunction with our System Monitoring service, an email will be sent immediately, notifying the business of the outage.

Incidentally, at the time of this writing, reports of problems remained.

So, here’s the question: Do you have Failover protection?