Dating site dumps Amazon Web Services over latest outage

The latest Amazon Web Services outage last weekend was apparently the last straw for one of the company’s customers, an online dating service that has decided to end its relationship with the Seattle company and hook up with another hosting provider.

Unlike most breakups, this one comes with its own news release.

The site is called WhatsYourPrice.com, and it’s an interesting one, for sure. It lets “generous” people (who might, um, otherwise have trouble getting noticed on dating sites) score first dates with attractive people by bidding for the opportunity. Hmm.

Based in Las Vegas (of course), the site has decided to switch to a hosting provider in the same city.

The dating site says in its news release, “When Amazon’s EC2 service experienced an outage on June 14, WhatsYourPrice.com was flooded with thousands of member complaints. Repeated calls into Amazon’s support team yielded no response. So, when the AWS experienced yet another outage this past weekend, WhatsYourPrice.com decided to permanently move its website over to a Las Vegas-based hosting facility.”

Sites including Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest were also knocked offline by the outage. In an explanation of the incident, Amazon said the outage, caused by severe thunderstorms, affected “a single digit percentage” of its EC2 instances in the East region.

  • http://twitter.com/TroyJMorris Troy Morris


    “Services focused on dating and relationships require constant accessibility,” says Wade who holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from MIT. “While you can watch a movie tomorrow if you miss it today, dating is all about the serendipity of meeting the right person at the right time. If an online dating service is not available, a user may lose the chance to meet his or her soul mate forever.””

    Um… no. That’s not how online dating works. That’s how real life dating works, but not online dating. Online dating is supposed to lessen or remove the “serendipity” factor from relationships altogether. Otherwise, you have Chatroulette and a wasted degree from MIT.

  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    You know, I think this is less about being grumpy about the outage and more about recognizing that publicly dumping them because of the outage is a great way to get some free publicity for their firm.

    After all: had you heard of this outfit before? I sure hadn’t.

    In that regard, I have to say it worked.

  • http://eyejot.com/users/davidg davidgeller

    Sounds like bullshit to me. They’re just looking for free publicity. If they were large enough and/or sophisticated enough they could have fashioned a multi-availability-zone solution for their content (S3 and RDS), compute resources (EC2) and DNS (Route 53) and wouldn’t have skipped a beat.

    • anon

      I thought the ELB service got overload so people with multiple AZ’S went down as well. I’m pretty sure Netflix is large and sophisticated enough to not be relying on a single AZ.

      I tend to think companies banking on AWS for DR are fooling themselves, and that if Amazon lost a large enough percentage of it’s capacity, they would not have the capacity to absorb the mad rush to move or startup into new AZ’s. In this case, it only took 1 AZ going down.

      • http://eyejot.com/users/davidg davidgeller

        This site complained of going all the way down. I don’t think Netflix was 100% down. Maybe I’m wrong. Having some availability is preferred over no availability.

  • http://twitter.com/jrrhetoric John Raffetto

    Cheap PR stunt… although if I was into online dating and was worried about missing out on meeting my destined soul mate due to a web outage, I might be compelled to check it out.

  • http://twitter.com/jrrhetoric John Raffetto

    Cheap PR stunt… although if I was into online dating and was worried about missing out on meeting my destined soul mate due to a web outage, I might be compelled to check it out.