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Amazon's Not Alone: 10 Notable Cloud Outages In The Last Year

Amazon's cloud outage wasn't the first, and it won't be the last. Here we look at 10 cloud outages that have occurred within the last year.

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Amazon Web Services

On April 21, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Service (EBS) suffered sweeping outages and service interruptions for customers using Amazon's North Virginia data center, aka Availability Zone. Initially, the Amazon outage took down several popular Web sites like Foursquare, HootSuite, Reddit and Quora, plus a bunch of others. Service hiccups from Amazon's cloud outage persisted for several days, angering users. Amazon's lack of communication around the cloud outage prompted calls for transparency.

While Amazon is still investigating the root cause of the cloud outage, the company said that the issue stemmed from data getting "stuck" within its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service.

Amazon has not said how many users were affected or how affected users will be compensated for the downtime.

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