Amazon S3 Down for > 2 Hours

Looks like S3 was hit with a major system outage.

Placing all this Internet infrastructure in one place is dangerous (though potentially cost effective).

A few months back 365 Main was hit with a similar problem which knocked out Six Apart, Technorati, and Craigslist.

Update: Well that exploded. Everyone seems to be covering this story now.


  1. “Placing all this Internet infrastructure in one place is dangerous.”

    You’re right, but for the wrong reasons. What happened to Amazon will happen no matter how many cloudlets you distribute the infrastructure over.

    The outage was not due to a bug, but to unpredictable demand. That’s a function of the increasingly low friction viral and interconnected web.

    More on my blog:

    http://smoothspan.wordpress.com/2008/02/18/amazon-ran-out-of-capacity/

    Best,

    BW






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