Amazon server outage affects Reddit, other websites
Friday, April 22, 2011
Amazon.com's (EC2) experienced outages Thursday, taking down major websites, including Reddit, , , and . The company reported on its "Service Health Dashboard" that it first noticed "instance connectivity, latency and error rates" at 1:41 a.m. (08:41 ) Thursday morning.
Quora, an online, was taken offline by the outage. Reddit, a site, was accessible by mid-Thursday, but was still running at limited functionality. Location-based social network Foursquare experienced disruptions in service early Thursday, but appeared to have resumed normal operation by the afternoon. Other sites, such as Hootsuite and , displayed error messages instead of their normal home pages.
Amazon has experienced outages before, including one in 2008 that lasted two hours due to technical problems at a data center. The company did not comment on the cause or scope of Thursday's outage, but continued to post public updates on its health dashboard. By Thursday evening, Amazon said it had resolved most of the issues affecting EC2, but one service availability zone had still not recovered.
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