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power outage in one of their AZ's. Only after lots of machines died did the generator kick on. Lovely.

Are you sure? I have a graph of one of my Resque boxes taking 30Gbit/s of inbound traffic. Looks like a DDoS attack to me.

The update I heard was (essentially) 'Another update from Amazon: Looks like it was a power issue for one facility that services a particular AZ in us-east-1, flipped to generator, now back on power and in recovery mode.'

Do you have a source for this?

'tis what I heard on an outage call...

"outage call" AWS provided, heroku provided or other? Need a good solution for this

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