AWS Outage: Netflix, Reddit and Foursquare go down

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Last night we began hearing reports of outages for sites and services such as Netflix, Quora, Reddit and Foursquare – we now know that this was caused by a brief problem with Amazon’s Web Services which has now been resolved.

According to a recent article posted on Cnet, network connectivity issues struck Amazon’s northern Virginia site which caused the cloud-computing infrastructure went down at 7.39pm P.D.T, less than half an hour later the matter had been resolved, however it has reiterated some people’s cloud computer and cloud storage concerns.

Current no Amazon representatives have commented on the matter, however comments posted by Cnet’s readers voice the concerns which many people have, one reader called who goes by the name of stockyjoe said “This is an ongoing theme with cloud services. If you are dependent on someone else for your content things don’t always fare well. I am not against cloud services (ahem hosted files/apps). I just think depending on it for everything (music you own, movies you own, important business materials) is not always the best choice”. We agree to an extent, but you have to remember all of the benefits which cloud storage bring to the table, these far outweigh the inconveniences caused by a 25 minute outage.

We do think that the guys over at AWS could do more to keep its users informed of any problems which occur, we browsed the official Amazon Web Services website and could not see any mention of an outage, we did see two service disruption error messages (see below) which affected the Amazon EC2 and the Amazon RDS services at the Virginia site which in turn affected the US-EAST-1 region but asides from that there was no report of any issues.

Do you think there should be an official Amazon Web Services Twitter feed to tell us exactly when such outages occur?

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