So this morning the big news is that AWS is having issues affecting customers in US-EAST-1. So far I’ve seen 4sq, reddit, godaddy, quora and many others on the “is down” list. What always surprises me when this happens is that people point fingers at AWS, and I always shake my head.
If your business relies on a website to be up, why do you allow a failure in a single availability zone to shut down your business? There are so many tools out there at this point to simplify deployment, scaling and resiliency across multiple availability zones or even across multiple cloud providers – frankly, you have no excuse. Quora I can maybe excuse at this point … still fairly new, still working on features and functionality (and user retention, but that’s a discussion for another post), but reddit or 4sq? Really?
Diversify yourself across multiple availability zones, and even better, across multiple providers. You’ll sleep better at night and will reduce the chance of showing up on the “is down” list with angry users to answer to.
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