Amazon goes down. Everybody flips out.

Everybody in the world is talking about the Big Amazon Outage yesterday. It hit us pretty hard. A few of our sites were serving broken image links for several hours yesterday, and a service we run that relies on SQS was completely dead in the water.

You know what though? It's just not that big a deal. I think about how reliable my stuff was before I put it up on Amazon's machines, and really it wasn't any better. The only difference here is that I couldn't jump onto the server and do the hotfixing myself. I didn't get to spend all day writing a patch to some low-level shared thing that suddenly started misbehaving system wide.

Hey, wait a minute. Scratch that.

I didn't HAVE to do anything at all. It was somebody else getting that page at 3AM and scrambling to get my site back up. This is actually better from my perspective.

So yeah, my sites still see the rare hour-long down window. But now it's not my problem anymore.


Jason Kester

I run a little company called Expat Software. Right now, the most interesting things we're doing are related to Cloud Storage Analytics, Online Classrooms, and Customer Lifecycle Metrics for SaaS Businesses. I'll leave it to you to figure out how those things tie together.

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