I just read The New York Times article, As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll. While it is true that there is more significant and monetary damage that occurs when a web page or cloud computing servers go down than there used to be, it is not unlike its desktop computing counterparts. When is the last time your desktop got hit by a hardware failure or software malfunction – virus, spyware, etc. – that detoured you and kept you from doing what you normally do? What about a software or hardware upgrade?
Now, some of you out there are tech savvy. By that, I mean, you keep your anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewalls, encryption, sniffers, defragmentation, web browsers, operating systems all up-to-date and maintained. But, maintenance takes time, right? So I would say, by moving that maintenance cost to the cloud can, and often does, save you significant resources.
However, I think the author of the article was right in saying that as Web traffic grows, we must consider trying to reach better uptime. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are dependent on the Web more than ever. So reliability will be just as important as performance increases as the Web continues to mature. In fact, reliability may be more important than performance, as long as performance is decent.