The list of high-profile companies significantly impacted by the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage reads like a who's-who of everyday 21st century brands: Netflix, Disney+, Ring, Robinhood, Instacart, Roku, McDonald's, and even Amazon itself. Notably absent, however, from that roster: hospitals, emergency service providers, public utilities, government agencies, telecommunications companies, airlines, and banking institutions.
Outages will happen, and while the five-hour outage served as our periodic reminder of the fragility of our Internet, it's worth bearing in mind that the AWS issues appear to have primarily resulted in inconvenience, rather than catastrophe.
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