Amazon Web Services Outages Reported For Third Time This Month

Users of Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud-service network, reported another round of outages on Wednesday, marking the third such event after the network's widespread outage that disrupted access to many popular sites earlier this month.

Customers in the Chicago area reported some outages on DownDetector, a popular clearinghouse for user outage reports, beginning around 6:30 a.m. CST. Additional outages were reported along the East Coast and other parts of the country.

"User reports indicate problems at Amazon Web Services," DownDetector wrote in an alert to users.

Customers reported outages on sites like Amazon, Hulu, InstaCart, Epic Games, Slack and others.

AWS' status page indicated there was a power outage at one of its data centers in Northern Virginia at the time of the reports.

Just after 7:15 a.m., the company said it had made some progress "in restoring power to the affected data center within the affected Availability Zone (USE1-AZ4) in the US-EAST-1 Region."

"We have now restored power to all instances and network devices within the affected data center and are seeing recovery for the majority of EC2 instances and EBS volumes within the affected Availability Zone," the company wrote in an updated post on the AWS status page just after 7:30 a.m. CT. "Network connectivity within the affected Availability Zone has also returned to normal levels. While all services are starting to see meaningful recovery, services which were hosting endpoints within the affected data center - such as single-AZ RDS databases, ElastiCache, etc. - would have seen impact during the event, but are starting to see recovery now. Given the level of recovery, if you have not yet failed away from the affected Availability Zone, you should be starting to see recovery at this stage."

The outage comes less than two weeks after AWS suffered a historic outage that took down operations at several popular websites and services for more than five hours on Dec. 8. A week later, the company was hit with another outage on the U.S. West coast, appeared to cause problems at multiple sites, including DoorDash, Twitch, Hulu and PlayStation Network, according to reports on Down Detector

The company's web services network provides remote computing services to many companies, governments and universities.

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