Amazon outage brings down Quora, Reddit and more

The clouds are raining on the parade

An outage in Amazon's cloud service on Thursday brought down other websites like Quora, Foursquare, Hootsuite and Reddit.

The outage took place at 1:41am PT in Amazon Web Service's northern Virginia location and resulted in delays and errors in server connections over certain networks.

Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service offers cloud computing for web companies that need a lot of storage but with low costs. It allows its users to pay-as-they-go and increase or decrease their cloud storage according to their needs.

"We can confirm connectivity errors impacting EC2 instances and increased latencies impacting [Elastic Block Storage] volumes in multiple availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region," Amazon said.

Quora, the question-and-answer service, let its users know there was a problem with the servers at the time. "We'll be back shortly, we hope. Sorry, it sucks for us too. We'd point fingers, but we wouldn't be where we are today without EC2,” it said.

Reddit also kept its customers in the loop, and said, "reddit is in "emergency read-only mode" right now because Amazon is experiencing a degradation. they are working on it but we are still waiting for them to get to our volumes. there is no ETA at this time, but we are trying to work some magic and will very slowly be bringing the site back up. please stand by."

The latest update according to Amazon said they are working to fix the problem. "It's taking us longer than we anticipated. When we have an updated ETA or meaningful new update, we will make sure to post it here. But, we can assure you that the team is working this hard and will do so as long as it takes to get this resolved."

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