back to article AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

The world received an unpleasant reminder of what it's like to live without the cloud on Thursday, after Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service fluttered for an hour or so. The incident invoked memories of the S3 outage in March 2017 that caused interruptions to plenty of web services and apps, sparking much rending of …

  1. jake Silver badge

    Strange.

    I didn't notice a thing. Must be all that clean living.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Strange.

      Must be all that clean living.

      On the contrary, saw no problems because all the NSFW content is properly hosted at Amazon's N.California DC.

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Strange.

        I work from home, and live in a barn. Everything is SFW here.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Strange.

      We noticed, in that our alerting picked up intermittent availability problems, but were unaffected because we either served from cache or retried from eu-west-1.

      The whole thing was over in just under an hour.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Strange.

        were unaffected because we either served from cache or retried from eu-west-1

        This. Anybody affected wasn't doing things right. Store your data in multiple regions and AZs.

  2. Lloyd

    Might I suggest a slight headline tweek?

    AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as millions of S3 instances cried out in terror.

    1. Seajay#
      Headmaster

      Re: Might I suggest a slight headline tweek?

      Might I suggest a tweak to your tweak

      EC2 has instances, S3 has objects and buckets

  3. Reg T.

    The Pentagon must have been

    uploading all their sensitive super-secret shite to AWS cloud services, eh?

    1. xj650t

      Re: The Pentagon must have been

      More likely somone was downloading all the poorly secured super-secret shite via a big pipe (TM) to Russia/NorkLand

  4. PowerBenny
    Devil

    Questions to ask

    I've got four AWS consultants in the room with me right now. What should I ask them?

    1. PowerBenny

      Re: Questions to ask

      I settled for just trolling them with comment like "Well, S3 never goes down though does it."

  5. handleoclast Silver badge

    The cloud is the answer to all your problems

    Or, to put it more correctly:

    The cloud is the problem to all your answers.

    /s

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    2/3rds of Amazon's servers are in US-east. (Source: manager with AWS) If you want availability, you must spread out--but hurry.

    1. Adam 52 Silver badge

      It's a valid point. If us-east-1 had a big, prolonged, outage then there would be a huge rush elsewhere and nobody knows how AWS would cope in that scenario, especially for the niche services that are only available in a few regions.

      Two thirds seems high though. It also doesn't fit with other published stats about AWS AZ sizes, in theory us-east-1 can be at most 5 times us-west or eu-west.

  7. Amorous Cowherder
    Boffin

    You vile unbelievers!

    You will perish if you dare to deny the future of IT infrastructure! The cloud is magic incarnate! The cloud is the perfect solution to all IT problems! The cloud is all seeing and all knowing! The cloud is and forever it shall be! Cast off the shackles of your locally managed services and server rooms! See the all encompassing glory of remote, hosted infrastructure Do not ever doubt the cloud in all its glorious forms!

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