How did Amazon have a cloud service outage that was caused by generator failure?
blackdog 2 years ago
I know that "stuff happens", but when I read Amazon's explanation of why it had service failures during the recent power outages, I was left shaking my head. Apparently, when power went out at their data center and they tried to shift to backup power from diesel generators, they "failed to provide stable voltage as they were brought into service". This seems to me like the sort of thing that you test and make darn certain that everything works. Just checking to make sure that your generators start up is insufficient, in my opinion you have to regularly cycle and test your generators to avoid problems like this. Am I being too hard on Amazon here, or did they really drop the ball on this?
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