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Fresh Amazon outage downs Foursquare, Netflix and Reddit

EC2 connectivity issues rain down on Web 2.0 firms
Tue Aug 09 2011, 09:59

PROBLEMS at bookseller Amazon's datacentres have affected Web 2.0 web sites and services including Foursquare, Netflix and Reddit.

Earlier this week Amazone suffered problems with its server networks after lightning struck a power utility in Ireland, and since then it has experienced difficulties in North America, specifically its US East 1 region and at its Relational Database business in Virginia.

The problems did not last long, but they did affect some rather large targets. In both cases Amazon has completed its alerts on the AWS service dashboard with the reassuring message, "The service is operating normally."

A tweet from Foursquare celebrates its return to life, however it is with some caution. "We're back but keeping a close eye on everything. Thanks for your patience!," it says before offering a link to its own status pages.

Reddit also welcomed its return to service through Twitter, however it appeared to take a little dig at Amazon for its lack of communication.

"The site's back up, but we haven't heard any updates from Amazon yet," it tweeted, before adding a link to Amazon's status page and the comment, "Amazon confirms network connectivity has been fully restored".

In this instance services appear to have been restored within the hour, however the last time this happened, when the same customer web sites were affected, the Amazon EC2 problems lasted much longer. µ


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