How did Amazon have a cloud service outage that was caused by generator failure?

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jack12
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I agree, this is not unfamiliarity with some new or cutting edge tech/practices that caused the problem, it was a data center management/design problem.  A data center should have its backup system regularly load tested, including making certain that multiple generators are ably to synch outputs which sounds like may have been the problem.  If Amazon wasn't doing this, it was pretty slack on their part.  

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