The Scoop #52: AWS’s us-east-1 outage
Also: why Meta is reducing its number of managers, an explosion of developers using AI coding tools and HashiCorp’s ‘optimized’ job cuts process.
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Today's topics are:
AWS’s us-east-1 outage: a deep dive. Amazon’s most important region went down for 3 hours, and the whole of the web felt it. Which services and companies were impacted and what really caused this incident? I spoke with engineers at AWS to get answers. Exclusive.
Why Meta is reducing its number of managers. On a recent podcast, Meta’s founder and CEO shared his reasoning for why the tech giant now has fewer managers. I talked with current Meta engineers for their reaction – and give my two cents as well. Analysis.
An explosion in software engineers using AI coding tools? GitHub surveyed 500 developers in the US for a sense of how they use AI coding tools. I examine the results and add context on how the survey was conducted. Exclusive details / analysis.
HashiCorp’s ‘optimized’ layoff process. The infrastructure provider cut 8% of staff, and seems to have ‘optimized’ this process from a business perspective. How did the company go about communicating redundancies, and what would a more humane process have been? Exclusive.
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