Yeah, it's pretty crazy. My favorite thing is that the website Is it Down? which tells you if a website is down or if it's just you, is itself, down.
Contact me off-list at jmay(at)pointinspace.com for information on our FileMaker hosting. We own all of our server hardware - no 3rd party/AWS leases here.
We offer both shared hosting and virtual dedicated servers for the full FileMaker Server experience, and have been doing so for over 18 years. Clients say our hardware runs noticably faster than AWS too.
Definitely feel your pain. That is the key reason we have all of our servers on site. With a back up elsewhere, as an option.
I remember a while ago someone telling me that the cloud is stable enough for business critical setups. Not long after that intense discussion, the internet on the east coast dropped out...now with AWS down, that would have crippled the other party's infrastructure 2x in a relatively short time period.
"Stable enough" is very subjective. Hopefully they get it squared away soon.
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We're not actually down, we've a very reliable cloud infrastructure, which is blisteringly quick and functioning normally.
We only use AWS S3 as yet another backup, so we've no operational issues for our customers at the moment. It is a belt and braces additional backup to our 'within infrastructure' backups and images. It was quite a shock seeing no buckets at all within the S3 console.
The problem with the big guys is that you've no way of contacting them. The laugh is that AWS use S3 for their status indicators, all of which were showing green as they couldn't refresh. Crazy!
However, it is a good example of the things you should consider if contemplating a cloud base and big isn't necessarily beautiful.
We'll sleep easy tonight, but from what I see quite a number of people will not.
All the best