Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced a four-hour outage in its U.S. East-1 region. The outage is reported to have affected global business and commerce, with consultancy firm Cyence predicting the S&P 500 companies incurred $150M is losses from the outage. Fifty-four of the Internet’s top 100 retailers reported performance impacts to their user experience, and certainly countless other small businesses who don’t register on these ranks were adversely affected if they relied solely on this environment to deliver workloads.
Here’s the most frustrating part of this story: these consequences could have been avoided. How? Through discernment and design.