’s EC2 service suffered another outage this evening, taking out several high-trafficked Web sites and adding another black eye to the reliability of online services. The outage, which Amazon first reported on its service health dashboard at 7:39 p.m., was resolved as of 8:03 p.m., according to the company.

That’s a relatively short outage. But, as the back-end cloud computing infrastructure provider to thousands of Web sites, any failure by Amazon draws attention. In fact, the Twitter stream has been pretty intense since the outage was first reported.

TechCrunch noted that Instagram, Quora, Foursquare and other sites were hit by the outage.

Interestingly, the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, facility in northern Virginia appeared to be the source of the problem. That’s also the facility where Amazon encountered problems in April, an outage that took down many Web sites for more than two days.

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  • Guest

    Kudos to Amazon for identifying the issue, for owning the solution, and for publishing timely updates on its web site.

  • Fons Tuinstra

    I noted that is already down for 12 hours, blaming the Amazon outage for its problems.

  • Reijo

    and what about outage in ireland ??? why america is so obsessed in its own country and never cares about Europe?

    Roght now Amazon says perhaps they cant even recover all of the instances in Ireland after the lighting strike!

    • Guest

      Europe is burning, Reijo. It’s like the Arab Spring in London only with nicer mobile phones. They have bigger things to worry about than whether Reddit is up.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like they are having some issues.

  • Guest

    Amazon are telling us that our data is unrecoverable – I’m very angry.  Our service has been down for 60 hours.  We’re not a big company, but we have several thousand unhappy customers and Amazon are telling us that there is nothing they can do for us.

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