Weather Disables Amazon CloudCategory: Internet
Posted: July 1, 2012 11:35AM
A weekend storm knocked out power to millions of people on the East Coast, including an Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia. The storm took out both the primary power and the backup generators and rendered several popular Internet destinations unavailable for six hours. Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram were among the biggest sites that felt the pinch due to the weather. Compounding the power outage was the Elastic Load Balancing service also going down, which then prevented the server load from being distributed across multiple data centers. Amazon hasn't said much about the outage, but hopefully more information will be available shortly.