Amazon Web Services is split into Regions, which each have multiple Availability Zones. Each zone isadata center in separate locations with it’s own power source and in different flood plains. They are designed to function independently from one another. “Virginia”, in the context of this story, is actually the us-east Region, which has5zones. If you architect your application such that it can be run redundantly over multiple zones you should be spared even from most AWS outages. It’s not 100% fool proof, and it takes some time to shift your thinking that way, but it’s worth the effort.