Amazon EBS failure brings down Reddit, Imgur, others
Another cloud takes down popular social media websites
TechLife | 23 Oct 2012 :
Amazon Web Services has confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service experienced a 'degraded service' yesterday, forcing leading websites including Reddit, Imgur and many others to experience some downtime.
AWS confirmed on its status page at 2:11pm ET (7.11pm GMT) that it is experiencing "degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes". It said the issue is restricted to a single availability zone within the US-East-1 Region, which is in Northern Virginia. It warned that instances using EBS volumes will also experience degraded performance.
As of yesterday night, popular social media site Reddit displayed an error message noting it was down. Photo-sharing site Imgur is also being impacted, along with vacation rental service AirBNB, payment service Payvment and others.
AWS EBS is a cloud-based block storage service that allows users to store large amounts of data; it's typically used in conjunction with AWS's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) services. AWS breaks each of its data centers up into multiple availability zones and recommends that customers run their workloads across multiple zones to prevent downtime.
AWS has periodic performance issues this year, including its last major outage in late June, which it blamed on powerful storms that ripped through the mid-Atlantic region causing power outages. Last year, AWS was down for as many as four days for some customers, including Reddit, Foursquare, Quora and HootSuite.
IDG News Service