The elves at Amazon.com are hard at work tonight trying to fix yet another outage at Amazon Web Services. The outage took down Netflix today, which means many can’t tune in to Love Actually, A Christmas Story or other holiday favorites.
Netflix said it is working on the issues, trying to fix them alongside engineers from AWS.
We’re sorry for the Christmas Eve outage. Terrible timing! Engineers are working on it now. Stay tuned to @netflixhelps for updates.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 25, 2012
The outage caps a tumultuous year for Amazon Web Services, which has experienced a number of hiccups over the past several months. The issues also are impacting one of Amazon’s biggest customers in Netflix, whose CEO, Reed Hastings, took the stage at an Amazon Web Services event last month in Las Vegas to tout the offering.
Even though Netflix competes with Amazon in some realms, Hastings noted that he hopes to have the streaming media company be the largest business in the world that runs 100 percent on AWS by the end of next year.
He added that the more Amazon.com competes with Netflix in video streaming, the better “symbol” Netflix becomes that it is “safe to be on AWS.”
Here’s the report from AWS on what’s going on.