Amazon: About That Uptime

December 13, 2010

Systems fail. Cloud systems are supposed to be redundant. Big companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are supposed to have the dough, the expertise, and the motivation to keep systems online. But systems fail.

I read “Amazon Websites in Europe Suffer Outage” with interest. I assume the statements in the article are accurate. The basic idea is,, and were all down for more than 30 minutes until around 2145 GMT when they appeared to work normally again.’s U.S. website was unaffected.

Lucky US. If true, the Big Outfits have some engineering work to do. Whatever the cause, that cloud stuff has to remain online. If not, it’s back to the old, crazy way to manipulate information.

Stephen E Arnold, December 13, 2010



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