Why I Love Hardware Virtualization

Earlier today I got an email from Amazon letting me know that one of my instances was experiencing “degraded performance” due to a hardware failure. They recommended that I stop and restart the instance so that it would be automatically migrated to new hardware. 

So, I logged into AWS to check to see if the instance got removed from my Elastic Load Balancer like it should have. Turns out it WAS automatically removed. I simply force stopped the instance and brought it back online and the problem was solved.

Summary:
Hardware Failure was fixable with one click and resulted in ZERO downtown. Gotta love it.