antirez 1762 days ago. 136197 views.
From a comment on Hacker News:

(link: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4705387)

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Full disclosure: I work for an AWS competitor.
While none of the specific AWS systemic failures may themselves be foreseeable, it is not true that issues of this nature cannot be anticipated: the architecture of their system (and in particular, their insistence on network storage for local data) allows for cascading failure modes in which single failures blossom to systemic ones. AWS is not the only entity to have made this mistake with respect to network storage in the cloud; I, too, was fooled.[1]
We have learned this lesson the hard way, many times over: local storage should be local, even in a distributed system. So while we cannot predict the specifics of the next EBS failure, we can say with absolute certainty that there will be a next failure -- and that it will be one in which the magnitude of the system failure is far greater than the initial failing component or subsystem. With respect to network storage in the cloud, the only way to win is not to play.

[1] http://joyent.com/blog/network-storage-in-the-cloud-delicious-but-deadly
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