Amazon's compute cloud has a networking hiccup

Amazon's compute cloud has a networking hiccup

Summary: Connectivity problems on Amazon's EC2 cloud in its main datacentre region have caused problems for some customers.

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Amazon Web Services's main cloud computing service, EC2, is having problems, which means businesses and developers could have trouble accessing their rented compute resources.

The network connectivity issues with EC2 began at 10:08am (2:08am PDT) on Monday and were still in place at lunchtime.

"We are continuing to work to resolve the networking connectivity issues resulting in elevated packet loss for some EC2 instances in the US-EAST-1 region," Amazon said on its AWS global status page. 

US-EAST-1 is Amazon's main datacentre hub. It provides services to a large number of websites, including Reddit, which at the time of writing was intermittently inaccessible. 

A number of AWS customers, including iSharingSoft and Travis CI, have reported problems. 

"Well at least downtime like this gives you chance to work out where your system fails elegantly, and where it fails like a beast," Twitter user Jamie Jin wrote.

As US-EAST-1 is Amazon's main datacentre region it is the one most prone to problems. The last major failure out of this region occurred in July when a series of hidden bugs meant a standard outage spiralled into a cascading fail, hitting scores of businesses. 

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Outage

Jack Clark

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  • Amazon in denial?

    And while the world is tweeting about all of the problems they encounter, according to Amazon, everything is fine: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ ... green lights only.
    wilfredspringer
  • Cloud Transparency

    Often times AWS doesn't post a official update on their status page until they figure out what is going on. For those of us who need to know sooner a good site to use is http://www.systemswatch.com they have real time availability graphs of Amazon Web Service EC2 for all regions. It's nice to know who's having issues so you don't waste time investigating something out of your hands.
    systemswatch
  • Why the "cloud" is a Bad Idea

    Putting you data in the hands of someone else is bad enough.

    Putting yourself at the mercy of any network glitch that comes along is criminal.
    fairportfan
  • As I always say:

    Live by the cloud, die by the cloud.
    Doc.Savage