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The recent outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) east region cloud has taken on many dramatic monikers such as "cloudgate," "cloudburst," and has even triggered a creative commiserative competition (http://lat.ms/g7aTDC). Most of us though are not surprised that an outage occurred, but remain a bit puzzled by the length of time it has taken for the engineers to right the situation. We look forward to post-mortem reports from AWS that will hopefully help us understand what actually happened. Was there an elusive heisenbug that sprinkled some corrosive pixie dust on the block storage devices? Or was it simply the case of someone making like an air traffic controller and falling asleep at the switch? In any case, full transparency should be the modus operandi here. Two main themes though quickly emerge out of this episode. First is there are a heck of a lot of enterprise... (more)