Some sites that depend on Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud computing storage options have experienced outages recently.
From a GigaOM post:
Amazon is one of the key infrastructure providers to some of the biggest and many well known startups such as Pinterest and Dropbox. The outages were related to Amazon’s EC2 and RDS services and the problems it seemed were localized to Amazon’s Virginia datacenter. Other services in the North Virginia data center such as ElastiCache and Elastic Beanstalk were also impacted. The problem appears to be rooted in a power outage.
And this GigaOM followup article is also worth reading: Will Amazon outage ding cloud confidence?
This isn’t the first time AWS outages have occurred. A 2011 outage affected Netflix, Quora, Reddit, and Foursquare.