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Amazon cloud troubles leave Reddit, other sites down for a second day

April 22, 2011 |  9:56 am

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Amazon Web Services' cloud computing troubles have persisted into a second day, leaving some of its customers unable to access their websites and services hosted through the tech giant.

Among the sites still affected on Friday morning was Reddit, a social news-sharing site.

Just as it did on Thursday, when the problems began with the Amazon Web Services servers, Reddit said in a statement on its homepage: "Reddit is in 'emergency read-only mode' right now because Amazon is experiencing a degradation," said a note atop Reddit's homepage Friday. "They are working on it, but we are still waiting for them to get to our volumes. You won't be able to log in. We're sorry and will fix the site as soon as we can."

On a status update page, Amazon said in a statement that it's working to solve its cloud server problems, which will likely take more than six hours to fix for some customers.

In the most recent update statement, which was posted at 8:49 a.m., Amazon didn't say how many users were affected, down, or back in action. Amazon officials were not available for comment on its server problems on Thursday or Friday morning.

"We continue to see progress in recovering volumes, and have heard many additional customers confirm that they're recovering," Amazon said in a status update online.

"Our current estimate is that the majority of volumes will be recovered over the next 5 to 6 hours. ... a smaller number of volumes will require a more time consuming process to recover, and we anticipate that those will take longer to recover. We will continue to keep everyone updated as we have additional information."

Quora, an increasingly popular question-and-answer website that uses Amazon for its web hosting, was available for users after being down Friday.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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