Amazon cloud goes down; Linode rocks!
Linode, meanwhile, keeps rockin'. That there, is the proper way to do "cloud".
Many sites probably relied on that promise. Reddit for example had servers in multiple availability zones in VA. Turns out Amazon couldn't deliver what they advertised, as multiple availability zones went down at the same time last week.
Put succinctly, it's an active system, so there's going to be one or more poles in the right half of the s-plane. -rt (galaxies have time constants too)