AWS suffers a five-hour outage in the US

Ten services hosted in the Northern Virginia data center experience disruption

Cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered an outage on Sunday morning that sent shockwaves through the Web, knocking popular online services like Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb, Reddit and IMDb offline.

It also affected a number of Amazon’s own services including Prime Instant Video.

The service disruption was blamed on software problems in its US-EAST-1 data center in Northern Virginia, and mostly affected customers in the US.

The outage started shortly after 3:00am PDT with a total of 24 services reporting a wide range of problems, and ten of them in full ‘service disruption’ mode.

According to the status page, the severely affected AWS services included CloudWatch, WorkSpaces, Simple Email Service, Cognito and DynamoDB.

For example, network monitoring service CloudWatch delayed its log events, WorkSpaces managed desktop computing platform suffered connectivity issues and NoSQL database DynamoDB had trouble with its APIs.

The service health dashboard states that all issues were resolved by 8:15am PDT – which means the outage lasted roughly five hours.

Amazon hasn’t issued any statement on the event at the time of writing, or even acknowledged it in any way, besides providing technical information through the dashboard.

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