If you noticed that the Internet died for a few hours on Tuesday (a bit of an exaggeration, but it was pretty bad), we now know it was caused by a hapless engineer at Amazon typing the wrong thing into his or her keyboard. It hammered home for me how dependent we’ve become on AWS.
I couldn’t access Daveslist because Revue runs on AWS. I couldn’t access my contact management system because Hubspot CRM runs on AWS. I couldn’t upload photos to Slack because that function is hosted by AWS. In short, we identified a major single point of failure on the Internet on Tuesday.