Amazon Web Services Hiccup Causes Outages

By Phil Butler
Phil Butler
Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a publisher, editor, author, and analyst who is a widely cited expert on subjects from digital and social media to travel technology. He's covered the spectrum of writing assignments for The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Travel Daily News, HospitalityNet, and many others worldwide.
October 23, 2012 Updated: April 24, 2016

 

According to the Amazon Web Service dashboard, and just about every technology news outlet known to man, the Internet has not been destroyed by alien death rays. Even though Pinterest, Reddit, and some other companies and their users may have been convinced of impending space invasion, Amazon appears to have the web outage situation well in hand. 

Amazon services in Northern Virginia went down yesterday, the so called Elastic Beanstock and various cloud services reporting service interruptions of various kinds, duration, and magnitude. Looking at the dashboard here in Germany at 17:30 CET, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (N. Virginia) still warns:

 

Degraded EBS performance in a single Availability Zone.

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As for media reporting, this EBS performance warning is closer to meaning “someone crashed the internet” than some inhibited performance. Still, it appears Reddit is partially back up, if Chrome is not just displaying improperly.

As for Pinterest, my pins and other people’s seem to be safe from gamma ray attack once again. As of the last Amazon dashboard notice at 23rd Oct 6:33 AM PDT:

 

…The remainder of the affected ELB load balancers have been recovered and the service is operating normally. We have restored IO for the majority of EBS volumes. A small number of volumes will require customer action to restore IO. We are in the process of contacting these customers directly with instructions on how to return their volumes to service.

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The final update suggests Amazon customers may experience latency problems throughout the rest of today. Similar warnings or announcements were made for Amazon Relational Database Service (N. Virginia) as well. Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the rest of North America are apparently operating normally.

 

 

As for the impending alien incursion, no hint of further havoc has been noted.

Image credits: Amazon Web Service mashup courtesy Amazon and thirteenfifty at Fotolia.

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Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a publisher, editor, author, and analyst who is a widely cited expert on subjects from digital and social media to travel technology. He's covered the spectrum of writing assignments for The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Travel Daily News, HospitalityNet, and many others worldwide.