Amazon’s Cloud Crashed Wednesday Night, And Brought Several Other Companies Down Too

The Amazon Web Services status dashboard is reporting an ongoing failure of its EC2 service on its servers based in Northern Virgina.Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit are reported to have been affected. I’ve got a call in to Amazon asking what happened and will update this post as more information becomes available.

A failure in the cloud is of course one of the fundamental problems that its critics always point to. Yes, you can save money loud crashand time and effort by farming your IT services and infrastructure out to someone else. But when those services crash unexpectedly, you–and scores of others that rely on the same infrastructure–are left to wonder what’s going on and when it’s going to be fixed.

As of now, it seems like Amazon is getting the situation under control, it seems to be getting worse, as other parts of the Amazon service that are tied to EC2 are reporting various failures via Amazon’s status dashboard. Failures are showing up Elastic Beanstalk, and the relational database, and Cloudwatch among others


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