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Partial Amazon Web Service disruption takes down Reddit, others

Partial Amazon Web Service disruption takes down Reddit, others

Problems with Amazon Web Services (AWS) are reportedly impacting several sites and services around the web, including Reddit.

The reports started coming in around 12 pm PDT Tuesday, indicating issues at the company's EC2 operations at a North Virginia data center are causing a ripple effect of disruption.

Reddit, Flipboard, Pitchfork, "Minecraft," Skitch, Coursera, GitHub, Airbnb and Heroku are all apparently suffering complications and even complete outages

At 10:31 a.m. PDT, Reddit tweeted that its "site is down right now."

Upon a subsequent TechRadar check at 12:45 p.m. PDT, Reddit appeared to be operational.

Amazon's angst

In a status board message from 11:26 a.m. PDT, EC2 let customers know what was happening.

"We are currently experiencing degraded performance for EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-East-1 Region.

"New launches for EBS backed instances are failing and instances using affected EBS voumes will experience degraded performance."

The disruption does not appear to be impacting major AWS-based sites such as Netflix and Instagram.

Another outage caused by a severe electrical storm took down those two major players over the summer. The outage took place at the same Virginia data center and brought with it AWS for an entire weekend.

TechRadar has reached out to Amazon for more information and will update this story if and when the company responds.


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