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Amazon EC2 cloud service experiences power outage… again

electricity poleEarlier this week, Amazon’s EC2 cloud service experienced yet another power outage. This time, a car crashed into a local utility pole and knocked out the power. The generator transfer switch failed. A number of East Coast customers lost service for about an hour.

A very similar incident occurred in 2007 at a RackSpace data center. Regardless of this, Amazon needs to get its act together. Why didn’t the server load transfer over to the generators properly?

The cloud computing provider surely won’t be signing up very many new customers if these power outages continue. Finally, current EC2 users must be very upset about this and worried about Amazon’s long-term reliability.

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