>this wobble has very poor timing
Funny that happens under heavy load. Or not.
Don't start your Black Friday online shopping spree just yet: Amazon Web Services' CloudFront content delivery network has wobbled over the last few hours and the perennially-loss-making retailer, and customers of its cloud computing services, have reportedly been hard to access. Amazon's status page said “We are currently …
Because it didn't happen. Azure is the perfect expression of the American Public Cloud. You can move your workloads from your local systems onto Azure and forget about them. They'll run perfectly, forever, with no load issues, never go down, never need backups and be cheaper than running on your own site!
that AWS is a way for Amazon to have excess server capacity paid for by by AWS customers and when Amazon needs the servers for peak load (e.g. Black Friday) they can claw back the resources for themselves (this still gives a service level of 99% to AWS customers if they only do this for three days a year).
I'd not think that holds water to be honest. AWS has been in the making since ~2002/2003 onwards, sure, initially it was a view to helping run Amazon.com, but the ultimate aim was always to make it fully accessible and multi-tenant. They're killing most, and it's near impossible to keep a normal/traditional platform online nearly as much as you can with something in AWS. I think their capacity is well past the running amazon.com stage now, I'd cowardly hazard a guess, that amazon.com (and all the international sites) are < 10% of the compute load on AWS.
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