Amazon cloud sputters for hours, and a boatload of websites go offline

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When the Amazon infrastructure-as-a-service cloud goes down, Internet users are going to notice.

Amazon Web Services, which powers a whole bunch of websites and online services, has been struggling today, and numerous sites that rely on Amazon infrastructure have gone offline as a result. Appropriately enough, “Is It Down Right Now?,” a site that tells you whether other sites are down, has been struggling to stay online. Other apparent victims include The AV Club, Trello, Quora, IFTTT, Open Whisper Systems, and websites created with Wix.

Amazon itself was initially having trouble providing updates to its service health site. But the company posted this note at 2:35pm ET: “We have now repaired the ability to update the service health dashboard… We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is impacting various AWS services. We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand root cause, and are working on implementing what we believe will remediate the issue.”

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Ministry of Innovation – Ars Technica

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