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Netflix explains outage, wants to hire engineers who can help prevent a repeat

In addition to Netflix, the Amazon outage took down Instagram, Pinterest, and other sites that rely on Amazon’s cloud-based computing service. On July 4, Amazon published its own explanation of the snafu, which started with a power failure, led to a failure of the backup generators, and at that time caused a series of cascading failures with its load-balancing hardware.

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