Yesterday we learned the hard way one thing is too big to fail: Amazon’s S3 server.
For nearly four hours yesterday people along the East Coast and elsewhere experienced trouble with websites or complete down time. One of Amazon Web Service’s cloud data centers failed and that caused a domino effect.
Over one thousand, mostly niche, websites were hit…and hard. There were either broken links or not getting on to sites like “Quora”, “The Verge”, Apple’s Cloud service, “Trello”, “Soundcloud”, and more. It also affected Alexa and Google’s Nest thermostat system. Even the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was down and ironically DownDetector.com, which is a website that tracks when other websites are down.
Amazon confirmed its cloud service was affected by the partial failure of a hosting platform, affecting a number of internet services and media outlets.