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The *worst* AWS failure in history?

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For those of you not keeping track, a single AWS region, US-East-1, suffered a major outage last week. Many of the teams affected were on holiday for Thanksgiving within the US, leaving many red-rimmed eyes by the time the issues resolved.

While there have been some critiques that absolutely hit the mark correctly, such as this from Forrest:

It's fair to say that a number of critics are 'punching above their weight' and don't really understand the complexities involved. While I certainly don't understand the ins and outs of this failure I think the follow things are pretty clear:

  • a single failure, no matter how severe, does not mean you shouldn't be using a particular cloud
  • there is no simple way to completely uncouple services, so there will always be issues of cross dependency
  • you probably shouldn't host your status dashboard on your own services (does this mean the AWS status page should be hosted on Azure? yes.)

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