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I don't think that there is an obvious way to make it less complex. But complexity is not inherently bad. Internet is very complex, yet it is robust.

What feels wrong here, is that Amazon systems are too trusting to other Amazon internal systems.

Moving storage locally seems like a good move. When complexity is still too high and there are no ways to make it simpler (I don't think that's the case, btw) relax your requirements.

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