War of the Clouds: An Inside Look at how Google, Microsoft, IBM & Oracle Are Chipping Away at AWS

On the morning of February 28, 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced an outage in the US-EAST-1 Region among systems relying on its Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud offering. The event wreaked havoc on thousands of websites. The cause? A fat-finger mistake by a human in a line of code that took more servers offline than desired.

“Removing a significant portion of the capacity caused each of these systems to require a full restart,” noted Amazon in a blog post. “While these subsystems

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