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Amazon’s web hosting service crashes

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Even the biggest websites around aren’t exempt from web-hosting troubles. Nearly 100 well-known websites were unavailable for most of last Thursday because of problems with Amazon’s web hosting service.

Amongst the sites taken offline by the fault include geosocial website Foursquare,   user-generated news site Reddit and questions and answers website Quora.

In a statement on its website, Foursquare wrote: “Our usually amazing data centre hosts, Amazon EC2, are having a few hiccups this morning, which affected us and a bunch of other services that use them. Everything looks to be getting back to normal now.”

Those sites, along with dozens of others, use Amazon’s web hosting service Amazon EC2 to support their sites. Amazon EC2 provides processing power and storage to organisations without their own data centres.

Amazon EC2 said in a statement on its website: “We continue to see progress in recovering volumes, and have heard many additional customers confirm that they’re recovering. Our current estimate is that the majority of volumes will be recovered over the next five to six hours.

“As we mentioned in our last post, a smaller number of volumes will require a more time-consuming process to recover, and we anticipate that those will take longer to recover.”

No reason so far has been given for the problems.