5 Lessons to Learn from the Big Amazon Crash of 2017

Lessons Learned

Your business’ functioning may have been interrupted through no fault of your own. This episode would have served to bring home that realization that other outside factors could cause your ecommerce site to go offline. This great AWS crash was a wake-up call to many of us. Use it to gain valuable insight about your own storage and server weak spots and vulnerabilities.

1. The big boys are vulnerable, too.

Before you feel sorry for yourself, remember: it could have been worse. Much worse. Those few hours of down time hit some of the S&P 500 companies to the tune of $150 million. Other U.S. financial companies lost around $160 million.
The lesson to learn from this is, sometimes, there’s just nothing that can be done. Even the biggest companies will take a hit – and so will you.

2. Third-party software is only part of the solution.

Businesses that use third-party software like Slack or Trello saw themselves shut out. These websites serve as collaboration tools to bring employees together. For companies that rely on a remote workforce, it meant everything stopped during the hours the AWS servers were down.

If you’re a business that uses such third-party websites and applications, its important to understand that using them doesn’t mean you’re safe. Always have a backup plan. Make sure you have the full contact details of your employees so you can use temporary solutions like Skype or Google Hangouts to communicate with your workforce.

3. AWS may be the biggest player, but there are other options, too.

While the world was reeling from the crash of the AWS servers, some companies managed to weather the storm without a hitch. Companies like Apple, Wal-Mart, Newegg, Best Buy and Costco continued to operate normally. How did they pull that off? Well, they didn’t put all their eggs in one basket.


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