Amazon servers go down hits FourSquare and HootSuite

By Posted 21 Apr 2011, 15:27

Earlier today we reported to you that the Sony PlayStation Network was experiencing some down time. But it’s not just Sony having technical difficulties today, as Amazon’s cloud computing centre has been down for some time now.

The centre in North Virginia supplies services to a whole host of websites which include HootSuite, FourSquare, Reddit, and answer service Quora. Reddit’s search service is out of action and posted that Amazon were working on it according to an article by Charles Arthur from guardian.co.uk.

The trouble started around 9.40 a.m. BST or 1.40 a.m. West Coast time, and is still ongoing at the time of writing. Amazon has so far not given any time scale for when the problem will be fixed. They run a few cloud computing centers and are designed so that if one goes down it doesn’t take any of the others with it.

Amazon has also not given any reason for the outage in North Virginia, and has not redistributed any of the service it offers to other centers. Has this outage affected you?