Amazon EC2 Outage Downs Popular Websites

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An outage at Amazon's northern Virginia EC2 data center took down a number of well-known websites and online services. Among the affected sites were Foursquare, Hootsuite, Quora and Reddit, CNN reports. The service, which provides processing power and storage to websites and businesses via the cloud, has a status site with a timeline of updates about the problems.


The outage occurred while most of North America was sleeping, but users on other continents were hit during their peak business hours, according to Amazon has yet to release an official statement regarding exactly what happened. The outage is considered one of the worst Amazon has ever experienced, says ReadWriteWeb.

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Apr 21, 2011 2:45 AM Harry Muffin Harry Muffin  says:

At least radio reddit is still up at

Apr 22, 2011 3:42 AM ElasticHosts cloud servers ElasticHosts cloud servers  says:

For all customers affected by EC2 downtime, I would like to recommend ElasticHosts as an alternative cloud service ( - we offer a 5 day free trial for our cloud servers in US or UK, which is likely enough at least to bridge the gap.


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