It’s your fault that your site went down when AWS S3 failed today


Today AWS S3 failed in US East 1 and took down a number of Internet sites. There were a lot of great memes. But this tweet caught my eye:

A lot of people can relate to this sentiment, as you can see by the many likes and retweets the tweet received.

But, respectfully, it’s incorrect.

As long as we keep building services with single points of failure, we’re going to keep losing our sites. And we control that. AWS S3 in particular supports cross-region replication, so if we choose not to use that, it’s on us.

Or, looking at it the other way — if we want to build sites that stay up, the cloud makes it easier than ever to do just that.

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