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Look Mom, Two Nines – Amazon S3 Major Outage Today

By John | February 15, 2008

I guess it’s 99. today for Amazon S3 customers. Man do I have timing or what. We literally moved this blog site server off of AWS this week in preparation for our move over to Mosso this weekend. I have seen reports of AWS being impacted for at least two hours, and some reports were longer. Some popular internet sites like Twitter, AdaptiveBlue, and 37Signals were impacted today.

The good news is that S3 is really just an API for storing data–it’s not the virtual server that AWS provides (i.e., EC2). Most AWS customers use only S3′s storage API’s for warm backups and/or snapshots. A few savvy vendors who rely on S3 for near-real time access had already built redundancy plans for this scenario. I have been reading through a lot of the blogs about this morning’s outage, and here are some take-aways:

For more on this, see:

Demystifying Clouds.

Or more cloud talk…

Topics: amazon, cloud computing, ec2, mosso, rightscale, s3 | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Look Mom, Two Nines – Amazon S3 Major Outage Today”

  1. Jerry Mc'Farlon Says:
    February 17th, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Yeah, I’ve heard about that problem. Some od my friends are using Basecamp and they had a hard day too. Oh, well, I was lucky, cause I switched to Wrike.com. Anyway, it’s understandable that on-line apps outsource some parts of the service to a third party. But they definitely should take responsibility, even if the fault is not theirs.

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