Amazon Web Services Go Down Takes Out Sporcle

(Last Updated On: April 17, 2015)

Cloud computing sure can be great, but every now and then life in the cloud can be, well uh, a little bit stormy. Such is the case today since an Amazon Web Services data center went down. Sporcle uses Amazon’s web hosting service and the service has been interrupted since early this morning.

The problems appear to have started at 1:41 a.m. PDT:

We are currently investigating latency and error rates with EBS volumes and connectivity issues reaching EC2 instances in the US-EAST-1 region.

As a result, Sporcle is down. But don’t worry, we are in good company, other well-known websites such as Quora, Reddit, and Foursquare have also been affected.

So, since the internet appears to be broken, try something novel like reading a book, walking the dog, or (gasp!) getting some work or studying done. Don’t worry, we should be back up and running soon.



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  1. Instead of doing something novel and reading a book, I’ve decided to do something book and read a novel. #coldturkey

  2. I actually use Sporcle to study 🙁

    Hopefully the site is back up soon.

    For now, it is just good old fashioned book reading. Lame.

  3. I’m starting to think it might not be so soon…as in, maybe they’ll get the EC2 running again by tomorrow? The latest entry in the data center (about 9P and 1E) doesn’t seem too promising.

  4. Going through withdraw, this is what helps me get through working at this place. Cloud Computing what a joke.

  5. I never realized how few fun websites there are until Sporcle went down this morning…

  6. And in nine months, the first Sporcle babies will be born. Conceived during the great 2011 blackout.

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