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This article was published on July 31, 2015


Favorite service down? Amazon Web Services is having issues

Favorite service down? Amazon Web Services is having issues
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Amazon Web Services, the cloud hosting platform behind many popular apps and websites, is having issues right now in multiple regions.

Services like Yo, Typeform and Yik Yak are unavailable as a result of the outages, which appear to span across the US East, US West and North Virginia data centers.

According to Down Detector, the issues started at 1:46AM ET.

Amazon’s status page only reports issues in the North Virginia region right now, though comments are pouring in on Twitter and Hacker News that it’s more widespread.

Ironically, today is “sysadmin appreciation day,” yet sysadmins around the world are getting out of bed to fix problems related to this outage.

We’ve contacted Amazon for comment on what caused the outage and will update when we hear back.

Update: As of 3:57 AM it appears services are coming back online.

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