02 Nov '12, 8pm

Hurricane Sandy and AWS: Migrating Octopart Out of us-east-1 in a Hurry

Hurricane Sandy and AWS: Migrating Octopart Out of us-east-1 in a Hurry

As we approach our 5th day without power here in lower Manhattan, I wanted to update our users on how we've fared here at Octopart during Hurricane Sandy. Our team members are all safe and doing well. Watching the images of destruction puts into perspective the small inconvenience of walking uptown to charge my phone battery. Our hearts go out to all who were affected. As the storm approached on Sunday evening, this image made a strong impression. We utilize Amazon Web Services to power Octopart, in particular the us-east-1 region which is located in Northern Virginia. Although we spread our services across availability zones within the region, the swath of red on the map above made it clear that those preparations were not enough. High on our to-do list has been testing our ability to migrate to a different AWS region. We quickly decided to run that test. We immediately b...

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