All Those Eggs In Amazon's Cloudy Basket
Cloud services are great - except when they're not. Putting data and services in "the cloud" can save money and so on, but the old proverb warning against putting all ones eggs in one basket came to mind as Amazon's AWS S3 services took a nap for a while today.
It pulled a lot of sites and services out of commission for a few hours - including some IoT devices like "smart" light bulbs and the like.
Tech CrunchAmazon S3 is used by around 148,213 websites, and 121,761 unique domains, according to data tracked by SimilarTech, and its popularity as a content host concentrates specifically in the U.S. It’s used by 0.8 percent of the top 1 million websites, which is actually quite a bit smaller than CloudFlare, which is used by 6.2 percent of the top 1 million websites globally – and yet it’s still having this much of an effect.