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Amazon’s Cloud Computer Service Knocks Sites Offline

April 21, 2011

Amazon’s cloud computer service has knocked major websites like Foursquare offline.

Quora, the question and the answer website, and the news aggregator Reddit were also unavailable as a result of the technical failure.

Foursquare, a location-based social network, said:  “Our usually amazing datacenter hosts, Amazon EC2, are having a few hiccups this morning, which affected us and a bunch of other services that use them.”

Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is a leading cloud computing service that offers web hosting, processing power and storage to firms who do not want to invest in their own data center.

Cloud computer services are currently used by start-ups, but the model is expected to increasingly attract larger businesses in the future. 

In a message to users, Quora said: “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.”

Amazon’s service status page said that the problems began more than six hours earlier at a datacenter in North Virginia.

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