A Day That Will Live in Infamy!

FDR proclaimed that December 7th would be a day that would live in infamy. Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. 80 years later to the day AWS had a major outage (for the us-east-1 region): https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/7/22822332/amazon-server-aws-down-disney-plus-ring-outage

It is an interesting coincidence.

Many people think that the us-east-1 region is the least reliable of Amazon's regional offerings. Amazon said their "Support Contact Center also relies on the internal AWS network, so the ability to create support cases was impacted …" According to Amazon, and they posted a summary of the outage here (along with the previous quoted sentence), the temporary lack of monitoring contributed to their problem. If you want to read about the recommended practices of monitoring, see this posting. One big takeaway is that to communicate with customers, it is important to not have a single-point-of-failure.

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