Brand massacre in the server market

In the second quarter of 2017, according to IDC, the server market grew over 6 percent compared to the second quarter of last year. But most large, established vendors do not benefit from this: HPE, IBM and Lenovo have suffered heavy drops in sales. Only Dell is growing faster than the market. IDC has the latest figures for worldwide sales of servers in the second quarter of 2017 presented . According to this, the manufacturers were able to achieve a total of 6.3 percent more sales with servers than in the same quarter of the previous year. According to market researchers, it now amounts to more than $ 15.7 billion. IDC's recovery is largely due to the availability of new server generations with Intel's Skylake CPUs, which many customers had been waiting for in the previous quarter. However, the established manufacturers hardly benefit from the increase. HPE, which combines IDC with its China joint venture New H3C Group, can still keep the top spot in terms of sales. However,

Cloud service manhandled by human error

On the night of Tuesday, February 28 to Wednesday, March 1, some Web Services were unavailable after the shutdown of some servers. On Thursday, March 2, AWS unveiled the cause of the Amazon S3 crash: a human error.

On the night of last Tuesday in Virginia, the failure of an AWS data center caused the shutdown of sites, applications, connected objects and services related to the platform. A possible shortfall for users of the cloud service powered by the Web giant who had to wait three hours before the reactivation of services.

Obviously, the customers and Amazon were trying to find out the source of this failure. The Amazon S3 system for Simple Storage Service has been fraught with human error. The maintenance team, in attempting to solve the billing system problem, extended the outage to other services. The cause ? A human error. An unfortunate typo.

The typo that upsets the services

This line of code which was "supposed to remove a small number of servers in one of the S3 subsystems used in the S3 billing process" also affected two other subsystems according to the report about the Amazon S3 case .

The first manages " metadata and location information of all objects in the region " and the second one is allocated to the allocation of new storage and requests that indexed subsystems function properly to perform its function.

Queries managed by these subsystems ensure the operability of Amazon S3 APISs. In case of breakdown, the services are therefore unavailable. The solution: restart all the subsystems concerned thus affecting the US EAST 1 region.

Amazon S3: enhanced maintenance

As a result, the repair took longer than expected and resulted in service outages for merchants for almost three and a half hours. It must be said that the restart operation had not been carried out for almost a year. The Amazon S3 team learns from their mistakes and therefore plans a partition of the subsystems.

If AWS apologizes flatly for the unavailability of the service , it is mainly an awareness for suppliers like Instagram, Slack or American Airlines whose services were directly impacted. Finally, the owners of connected objects that have experienced serious problems: Smart TV unavailable, lock connected open, etc. Being a market leader does not prevent problems from occurring and some customers should follow Instagram's next step.


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