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.

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

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Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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