So according to this article the Amazon AWS S3 platform is having some problems. Some of the largest websites in the world have been affected by an outage. Amazon is saying it is an increase in error rates as opposed to an outage. Some sites and services are missing data, some are offline and some are running slower than I can walk 🙁

This is not a good thing for businesses who need to have control over their web services. Disaster recovery and business continuity seem to be non existent. This is a fail. When I was designing parts of networks and systems we would always factor in disaster recovery. AWS looks good but it can also rack up to be very very expensive indeed.

What is even more worrying is that Amazon AWS S3 is seen as being too big to fail, therefore my business won’t have any problems because it is with Amazon. This episode shows that Amazon along with anything or anyone is not too big to fail. No one thing, person, business or infrastructure is not immune to failure. Simple.

This is one of the biggest IT failures I have ever seen and I have seen more than a few in my time in the technology industry. Some small but I have also seen some spectacular failures.  IT outages and system failures happen every hour of every day of every week of every year. IT specialists are trained to handle and repair these or even prevent these outages from happening by carrying out preventative maintenance. These things happen and should be prevented where possible.

Amazon will surely take quite a hit on this. I can imagine certain CTO’s are sitting at their desks now and reviewing their relationships with Amazon and other similar providers to ensure they don’t get hit by something like this either again if they have been hot this time or for that matter anytime in the future.

One thing is for sure this story will not go away for a while and its impact will be felt in very varying degrees by so many including users who will be unhappy about being unable to access essential web sites and apps. Amazon clearly need to look at a redesign or upgrade.

I would also like to assure Virtual Office users that they are unaffected by this as I do not use AWS preferring my trusty HP Servers and infrastructure.

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