Amazon Cloud Outage Knocked Out Netlfix, Instagram, and Pinterest



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if I or you can reach the internet, then shouldn't the redundancies that handle damaged networks and reroute users to their destination by what ever means are open, why didn't these kick in?
This is the same stuff that makes censorship so hard on the net, it just goes around road blocks.

So once again, if I was able to get on line, I should have been able to access these services from other nodes, or so logic would dictate one would assume.

This is exactly why I do not believe in "cloud" storage for mission critical software/files. There is no excuse to trust some magical network cloud to just keep your system "UP".



This shows a couple of things:

1. Those that read this article and made posts like "it's hard to blame Amazon for this" clearly don't know the first thing about high availability, disaster recovery sites, and cloud infrastructure.

2. Even though the cloud model might be mature enough for production, the implementation clearly is not, and this is from a provider with no sort of capital shortage. Scary indeed...



I totally agree with you, this should NOT have happened, considering Amazon is a highly successful company.

With a company that big not being able to make this issue seem like it never happened makes me worry. Compaines like Netflix, where they absolutley depend on uptime makes them look bad. I understand that natural disasters happen, but there should have been a way to turn what took hours to fix into minutes.

No excuse.


John Pombrio

This was actually a surprise. The power was down on both the primary power and the backup generator. I donno how hard it is to knock out both at once but I guess it can happen.
There was also an issue switching from one site control to another.
I doubt this was a usual occurrence.



Its hard to blame Amazon for this. The thunderstorm knocked out a lot of power & phone lines.



It is not hard to blame Amazon for this. It is called "Geographic Redundancy".


Philippe Lemay

I remember someone pitching it like this, "So even if a meteor strikes our headquarters and our servers are destroyed, your data is safe! Because we have more servers on the other side of the country." It was quite amusing, and so far as I know also quite accurate.



Although companies cannot stop natural disasters from happening, they need to have planning for redundancy. Most major companies who have services should prepare things like this such as having multiple server farms in different parts of the country. At least this way they won't be down for the whole globe if their servers take a dump (natural or otherwise).

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