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The Pirate Bay takes to the cloud

File-sharing website The Pirate Bay has taken to the cloud in a slightly different approach to the one which would have seen them doing the same thing in a much more physical way.

The Pirate Bay is getting rid of physical servers, opting instead for virtual machines based across a series of cloud servers, a move that is calculated to to keep the service running in the face of law enforcement crackdowns on torrent sites.

The change was announced via the torrent service’s Facebook page and blog, in suitably overblown style.

So, first we ditched the trackers.
Then we got rid of the torrents.
Now? Now we’ve gotten rid of the servers. Slowly and steadily we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into the next stage, the cloud.
The cloud, or Brahman as the hindus call it, is the All, surrounding everything. It is everywhere; immaterial, yet very real.
If there is data, there is The Pirate Bay.

The Pirate Bay has been subject to numerous raids in the past and this is one way to prevent outages if a raid occurs again. A Pirate Bay spokesperson, speaking to TorrentFreak, said “If one cloud-provider cuts us off, goes offline or goes bankrupt, we can just buy new virtual servers from the next provider. Then we only have to upload the VM-images and reconfigure the load-balancer to get the site up and running again.”

However ExtremeTech has pointed out that attacking the load balancer, which is hosted by an ISP, is one way of taking the site down. Even so, the folks at The Pirate Bay may have hit on a new implementation for cloud services that could conceivably be deployed by other companies around the world, limiting downtime for services and reducing administration costs.

Source: Ars Technica

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