Amazon Web Services Experiencing Outages
My development on a photo sharing site has ground to a halt in the wake of an outage that's lasted since this morning. Amazon S3 and Simple Queue Service are affected according to the AWS Service Health Dashboard.
Sites such as SmugMug are also experiencing an outage as a direct result.
The high availability shortcomings of S3 today reminds me of one of the Google mantras which is to "design with failure in mind".