S3 outage: more diversity needed

written by Christian Zagrodnick on 2017-03-01

The latest Amazon S3 outage showed me one thing again: more diversity is better.

Diversity is a current topic that includes social issues like women in tech. However, on a technical basis diversity also is important. It's known that monocultures are more affected by diseases and other issues. So when half of the internet is using Amazon, a lot goes down if Amazon fails.

Every system will eventually fail. This is true for Amazon, as well as us. The internet is moving fast away from independent, interconnected nodes to an oligopoly. Nobody gets fired for using AWS nowadays. And that's a problem I think. We need to embrace independent providers for the better of the internet.

Photo by Andrew Fogg.

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