Amazon EBS failure brings down Reddit, Imgur, others

Amazon Web Services confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service experienced  degraded service, leading sites across the Internet to experience downtime, including Reddit, Imgur and many others.

AWS confirmed on its status page at 2:11 p.m. ET that it was 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 mid-afternoon, popular social media site Reddit displayed an error message noting it was down. Photo-sharing site Imgur is also being affected, along with vacation rental service AirBNB, payment service Payvment and others.

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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 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 long as four days for some customers, including Reddit, Foursquare, Quora and HootSuite.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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