Rich Miller: The Aftermath of Amazon’s Cloud Outage
More than five days after its outage began, Amazon Web Services has finally restored virtually all of its services, with some mopping up of a small number of customer accounts with “stuck” data in its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service. “EBS is now operating normally for all APIs and recovered EBS volumes,” Amazon reports on its status dashboard. “The vast majority of affected volumes have now been recovered. We’re in the process of contacting a limited number of customers who have EBS volumes that have not yet recovered and will continue to work hard on restoring these remaining volumes.” The company promises a detailed incident report will follow.
What are the lessons and implications of the outage? Discussion continued over the weekend. Here’s a look at some notable links with analysis and commentary:
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