Trouble down under: Amazon cloud goes down in Australia

Strong storms may have contributed to a power outage

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Amazon Web Services reported a multi-hour service disruption to core features of its IaaS public cloud in Sydney, Australia over the weekend.

It’s one of the highest-profile hiccups the cloud provider has had in recent months.

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According to the Amazon Web Services’ Service Health Dashboard, the company’s virtual machine service named Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) began experiencing connectivity issues at 10:47 PM PDT Saturday, which was 3:47 PM on Sunday in Sydney. The issue was finally resolved more than 12 hours later by 4:50 AM local Sydney time. AWS said a single Availability Zone within the region lost power (AWS regions are each made up of at least two or more Availability Zones). AWS said by 1 AM local Sydney time about 80% of the EC2 and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) instances that had been impacted were resolved. A handful of other ancillary services were almost impacted in the region.

The Brisbane Times in Australia reported that Fox Sports was one of many sites impacted by the disruption in the country.

There were strong storms in the Sydney area over the weekend, which could have contributed to the issue. Amazon launched the AWS Asia Pacific Region in Sydney in 2012.

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