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There's little doubt that cloud computing will play a big part in our future world but outages like this are worrisome.  The more we depend on these services, the more we put at risk when outages occur.  And despite assurances of redundancy, etc., these outages still happen.  In this case, it's only storage and not the full AWS (Amazon Web Services) offering, but that's not the point.

While nothing is ever up 100% of the time, services likes AWS need to approach that.  Whether that means 5-nines (i.e. 99.999% up-time) or something somewhat less, dependency is the name of the game and these services have to be properly engineered to meet their SLAs (Service Level Agreements) -- and these SLAs must be clearly communicated.

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