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Amazon failure takes down sites across internet

4 years ago April 21, 2011 Apr 21, 2011 Thursday, April 21 2011 Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:42:30 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - Scores of websites and Internet services like Foursquare and Reddit are down or have limited availability because of problems at a data center run by Amazon.com.

The problems reveal widespread reliance on Amazon Web Services, which rents out computers and data storage on a self-service basis over the Internet.

AWS is generally considered reliable because it uses vast numbers of computers, spread out in different data centers, making Thursday's failure unusual.

Amazon says the trouble started early in the morning at a data center in Northern Virginia.

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