Amazon Outage Brings Down Quora, Foursquare, Reddit & Many More

An outage in Amazon Web Service’s northern Virginia site, which handles EC2’s east coast operations, resulted in bringing down popular web services like Quora, Foursquare and Reddit.

According to post on the Amazon Web Services dashboard, the unprecedented outage had resulted in delays and errors while connecting servers over a particular network, CNET explains.

"We can confirm connectivity errors impacting EC2 instances and increased latencies impacting [Elastic Block Storage] volumes in multiple availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region," the company said in a statement.

Several start-ups that don’t have resources for accessing on-premise computing power have come to rely on Amazon’s EC2 service, which offers cloud based computing power with high scalability and low costs.

Visitors to questions and answers website Quora were either unable to access the service altogether or were facing difficulties in connecting to the website.

“We'll be back shortly, we hope. Sorry, it sucks for us too. We'd point fingers, but we wouldn't be where we are today without EC2,” the website said in a note.

The outage has also affected Amazon Relational Database Service and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk services on the entire east coast.