Amazon Web Services crashed yesterday morning causing an outage in a good chunk of websites across the board including the major social platforms like Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit. And although these big guys have been restored, there are still many other websites that remain shut down. More and more businesses are coming to rely on cloud computing, with Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service (EC2) being a popular and supposedly reliable choice.
This is going on day two that several sites remain closed due to the outage, although many larger sites have come back on late this morning. Everyblock was offline this morning but has come back after its team worked to restore its shared databases. For a more complete list of which sites were affected you can go here.
At the time of this writing, it seems that most sites have recovered except for some of the smaller guys. It is still not certain what caused the outage although Amazon continues to send out status updates. The last message on their status feed reads:
"Just a short note to let you know that the team continues to be all-hands on deck trying to add capacity to the affected Availability Zone to re-mirror stuck volumes. It's taking us longer than we anticipated to add capacity to this fleet. 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."