Short-Lived Amazon Cloud Outage Takes Down Several Sites

Netflix, Foursquare, Virgin America and several other sites were affected this evening when Amazon’s Web Services went down for less than an hour. Foursquare confirmed it went down between 7:14 pm and 8:06 pm. Virgin America also said it was down; and Netflix said to users that it was experiencing issues more than an hour ago. Now everything seems to be operating normally again, according to Amazon’s own records. The outage was contained to two facilities in North Virginia and fairly short-lived, unlike the week-long outage in April that affected many consumer services.


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