Instapaper Outage Cause & Recovery
Brian Donohue

Brian, Thank you for sharing all your lessons learned. There are boundaries to every technical solution; a 2tb limit might be obvious to some but not to others. No ONE person or group can be aware of EVERY possible boundary. You are correct in saying that a more appropriate disaster recovery plan would have better mitigated the effects, however it would not have avoided them. As a certified Project Management Professional who teaches Project Management I will be using this article, not a cautionary tale, but as “how to behave” when eventually and inevitably something goes wrong.

Your words on this have not only made our entire community of technical professionals better but increased my confidence in Instapaper, Pinterest, and Amazon. Thank you.

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