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Foursqaure, Reddit Experience Downtime Following Amazon EC2 Outage

After suffering downtime in Europe due to a lightning strike in Dublin, Amazon’s cloud services in the US fell prey to downtime.

The company reported that its Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Service (RDS) platforms had been down following an outage in Northern Virginia data center. The outage started at around 10pm Eastern time on August 8 and lasted for more than one hour.

Amazon’s outage affected some of its most high profile customers that rely on it to run their platforms on the cloud. Services of popular movie streaming service Netflix were infected along with those of Reddit.

“We're aware that some members are experiencing issues streaming movies and TV shows. We’re working to resolve the problem,” Netflix said in a tweet. The company’s service was back in full after two hours of downtime. Reddit’s services were back online a little after 11 PM.

Location based social networking service Foursquare also suffered due to the Amazon outage while iPhone based photo sharing applications Instagram also reported being affected to the outage.

The outage was caused when Amazon’s network traffic was not executed correctly, after it was routed through a low-capacity server.