No matter how hi-tech our gadgets, tools and services are, Mother Nature has a knack of reminding us that she’s still capable of throwing a monkey wrench in the works, as illustrated by a massive service outage of Instagram, Pinterest and Netflix yesterday. The outage was caused by a power outage in the American Midwest and West Coast because of powerful storms. These three services all use Amazon Inc.’s web services, which provides web services and data storage capability to cloud based services. As of writing most of the functionality for the three services has been restored, but the storm is a sober reminder of the dangers and limitations of cloud based services.
Source: USA Today