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Amazon web outage caused by errant key stroke
3/4/2017 3:31:00 PM
On Tuesday the internet experienced an outage that resulted from an errant command sent by an engineer at Amazon. The command was to remove a certain number of S3 server, but unfortunately was incorrectly typed, removing more servers than originally intended.
Amazon Web Services is a critical part of the internet, providing services for websites and apps across a variety of industries and companies. In the early part of the internet companies would build their own servers, IT departments, backup data centers and hire large numbers of engineers. The advent of Amazon Web Services had resulted in many companies not having to build out their own server farms and hire hundreds or thousands of engineers.
The reduced number of independent server farms hosted by companies created a situation that many would rely upon Amazon Web Services, or Azure. This reliance means that if an outage effects the large virtual hosts, it could mean dozens if not hundreds of websites could go down.
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