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Monday
Apr252011

The Big List of Articles on the Amazon Outage

Please see The Updated Big List Of Articles On The Amazon Outage for a new improved list.

So many great articles have been written on the Amazon Outage. Some aim at being helpful, some chastise developers for being so stupid, some chastise Amazon for being so incompetent, some talk about the pain they and their companies have experienced, and some even predict the downfall of the cloud. Still others say we have seen a sea change in future of the cloud, a prediction that's hard to disagree with, though the shape of the change remains...cloudy.

I'll try to keep this list update as more information comes out. There will be a lot for developers to consider going forward. If there's a resource you think should be added, just let me know.

Amazon's Explanation of What Happened

Experiences from Specific Companies, Both Good and Bad

Amazon Web Services Discussion Forum 

A fascinating peek into the experiences of people who were dealing with the outage while they were experiencing it. Great real-time social archeology in action.

There were also many many instances of support and help in the log. 

In Summary

Taking Sides: It's the Customer's Fault

Taking Sides: It's Amazon's Fault

Lessons Learned and Other Insight Articles

Vendor's Vent

Reader Comments (10)

This proves the point: Downtime IS Sexy. Free PR for all those clowns.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEngineSmith

Thee high scalability link collection in this blog are always of extreme quality. I really like them. But I think this post had a litte too many of them, and they weren't all worth their time.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertobi

I would like to point out that a collection of links not only has to contain good content, it also must have a high SNR. However, thanks for all the good posts on this blog.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertobi

Understood tobi, I've included anything I found some value in, which may not be true for you others. And I think the Amazon forum conversations are just an utterly fascinating bit of social archeology.

April 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterTodd Hoff

Another one to add to the list: http://bit.ly/h2FQuW

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterxanthan

Amazon is not a trustworthy company, and never has been. The only lesson of AWS anyone needed to learn was to note that Amazon caved to pressure and cancelled wikileaks hosting, even though none of the controversial material was on amazon servers (And if they had any integrity, even if it had been they wouldn't have cancelled without a court order.)

Amazon fraudulently marketed AWS as the "Same infrastructure that Amazon.com runs on". This is a lie. I'm sure now, years later, some of amazon.com migrated to this infrastructure, but when the AWS services were launched they were built from scratch, only tested by the development teams and not proven.

Despite knowing all this, I've seen people constantly talk about how reliable AWS is and how "well engineered" it is, and all that, even telling me I'm wrong-- and I worked at the place! I know this directly from being there when they were developing AWS services.

Frankly, I just think this shows how half assed so many of these companies are to host on a provider that they know is not trustworthy.... or should know.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEx-Amazonian

add this one http://teddziuba.com/2011/04/amazon-the-purpose-of-pain.html

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandy

Might want to add the following one (or not):
http://blog.dotcloud.com/working-around-the-ec2-outage

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJérôme Petazzoni

Somewhere between "Lessons Learned," "Customer's Fault" and "Amazon's fault," some interesting questions (but no clear answers, IMHO) about transparency....

http://cloudpundit.com/2011/04/24/why-transparency-matters-in-the-cloud/

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan Chilton

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