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Despite Amazon Web Service outage, 2nd Watch bullish about cloud reliability

We ran this story today in print and online, about Madrona Venture Group leading an investment round of $4.2 million for 2nd Watch, a cloud services company with its HQ in Liberty Lake.

The press release made a major deal out of 2nd Watch having “premiere” partner status with Amazon Web Services, the cloud-service division of Seattle's large online retailer. While AWS is not 2nd Watch's exclusive service provider, it's the No. 1 option for helping other firms get on the cloud, the release noted.

And we made sure, when researching the story, to ask folks at 2nd Watch about the reliability of AWS in light of another major service disruption over the holiday.

Stories noted that AWS lost some of its data center operations in the East, with the result that at least one large consumer experience, streaming of Netflix video, was disrupted.

So we asked co-founder Jeff Aden if AWS has had any problems that affect 2nd Watch customers. Here's his reply:  “I can’t comment on Netflix as I do not know the details of what took place and there has been no postmortem on the topic. 2nd Watch has not had a single High Availability “HA” architecture or HA customer that has had a business impact due to AWS (problems).”

That WSJ.com story cited above noted: “The Amazon unit said it identified and fixed technical problems at its operations in Northern Virginia. They affected other firms besides Netflix, including Scope, a San Francisco social-media company, and software company Heroku Inc.

“Amazon hasn't offered an explanation for the source of the outage, which didn't affect its own online operations. A spokeswoman said Amazon would release a full summary of the outage in the coming days.”
  

Liberty Lake’s 2nd Watch gets major investment from Madrona Venture Group

Liberty Lake cloud service company 2nd Watch, Inc. announced it's received $4.2 million funding primarily led by Seattle's Madrona Venture Group, with participation from other private investors.

Launched in 2010, 2nd Watch helps large and midsized companies move IT applications and manage company business processes with cloud-based services.

2nd Watch has become a premiere partner with Amazon Web Services, the growing cloud-service division of Seattle's large Amazon.com operationg.

A company release said the funding will help with growth. The company now has about 30 workers in its Liberty Lake and Seatlle offices.

Madrona is one of the most active Western Washington VC firms. It  manages about $1 billion and was an early investor in companies such as Amazon.com, Isilon Systems, World Wide Packets, iConclude, Farecast.com and ShareBuilder.

To read a more complete and detailed version of this story, go to Spokesman.com this evening or look in the Dec. 27 print edition of The Spokesman-Review.
  

Liberty Lake cloud services firm 2nd Watch gets partner status from AWS

Spokane companies generally aren't pushing the boundaries of cloud technology. Except for a few, and one of the best examples is Liberty Lake-based 2nd Watch, Inc..

We at Officehours haven't called 2nd Watch's number all that often this year. This week we do have one news item that brings them into a bit more focus.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has created a “premier consulting partner” system to establish a top tier of providers it regards as key providers of cloud services. It recently named 2nd Watch part of the program.

A press release noted  2nd Watch is part of 15 companies given the premier consulting partner designation. 

The release added: “The achievement …  from Amazon Web Services represents a major milestone in our strategic plan. Our success can be attributed to forward-thinking leadership, a highly technical and operationally-focused staff, and numerous positive customer experiences,” stated 2nd Watch co-founder and president Jeff Aden.

“This recognition highlights our commitment to bringing AWS to companies, allowing them to become more agile and freeing up additional capital for strategic business expansion.”