Thursday March 02, 2017

Amazon Blames a Typo for Tuesday’s Outage

The massive outage that occurred earlier this week (Tuesday) is being blamed on a sloppy employee who entered an incorrect command ( fatty fingers? ) as he was trying to remove a small number of servers. As everyone knows, a lot more than that ended up going offline. I take it that the AWS department has a new opening? Not sure I would be able to handle looking Bezos in his creepy eyes, though...

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"The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team was debugging an issue causing the S3 billing system to progress more slowly than expected," the company noted. "At [12:37 p.m. ET], an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. "Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended," the message added.