AN ISSUE WITH THE Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud system impacted on a number of popular internet sites including, according to reports, Netflix and Reddit.
The drama played out in limited fashion on the AWS services update pages, and we have asked Amazon for a full and proper explanation. It is usually a big deal when the Amazon cloud systems cloud over.
The services pages finger a problem with the DynamoDB operation in Virginia. Everything is working now, according to the pages, but the internet is still humming with complaints about a lack of access to services like the movie streamer Netflix, information site Reddit, and promotional outfit SocialFlow.
Downtime on Netflix is recorded on the Downdetector website where graphs and users show a clear outage yesterday evening. SocialFlow let its issues play out on Twitter, explaining that downtime on its services were definitely due to a problem with Amazon's web services system.
SocialFlow app currently experiencing outage. Our team is investigating. More to come soon.— SocialFlow (@SocialFlow) September 20, 2015
"SocialFlow app currently experiencing outage. Our team is investigating. More to come soon," it reported. "Amazon AWS US-east-1 outage impacting many U.S. sites including our links. Support will reach out to customers."
Later, after the issue was fixed at the Amazon end, the firm said that account managers would be contacting clients.
It would be safe to assume that this issue has cost AWS users a chunk of money. We are waiting to hear back from Amazon. It has not yet made any announcements about the issue on the relevant @awscloud Twitter account or the official AWS blog.
This is a serious business, both for Amazon and its AWS clients, so we would expect to see some sort of explanation for the outage from the web giant. This summer, the firm put on its most serious expression to let the world know that an extra second had affected services and that this would require a reboot and the possibility of a break in services.
That was about some three minutes on non-availability, last night's outage lasted over three hours.A statement has arrived from Amazon, and we have the firm confirming what we already knew.
"Between 2:13 AM and 7:10 AM PDT on September 20, 2015, Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced significant error rates with read and write operations for the Amazon DynamoDB service in the US-East Region, which impacted some other AWS services in that region, and caused some AWS customers to experience elevated error rates," it said.
At the time of writing, Skype service is also suffering major downtime. Microsoft tells us it is "working hard" to fix the issue. µ
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