Thursday, April 21, 2011

Amazon Cloud Goes Down Same Day Skynet Launches Its Robot Onslaught. Coincidence?

 Dozens of websites -- including Reddit, Foursquare and Quora -- have been down all day due to an Amazon Cloud meltdown. Using a cloud-service provider like Amazon helps websites lower data costs, but also takes control of the data out of the hands of the users. Amazon is so busy trying to get the servers back up it hasn't had time to answer questions from news providers like Bloomberg, referring them to its web site.

From the Wall Street Journal: "William Marler, a lawyer for the Seattle law firm Marler Clark, said his food-safety blog and online newspaper have been down since Amazon's issues began. 'It is simply amazing how dependent we have all become on the Web--that we do not control,' he said."

The problem began at 1:41 a.m. Thursday morning. At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) website provided this information: "A single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region continues to experience problems launching EBS backed instances or creating volumes." That zone apparently handles the data of major websites like Reddit, which are still down.

Many media devotes, however, say they know the "real" explanation for the crash. Today is the day that Skynet, which became aware on the 19th, "launches its robot onslaught against mankind."

A commenter on Amazon's Developer Forum asks, "Did SkyNet destroy zone us-east-1c?" 

Another comments, "That would explain the robotic forum answers 'Zach@AWS' has been posting. SkyNet likely took over equinox and now controls all of NoVA."

On the same forum, an Amazon administrator replies: "From the information I have and to answer your questions, SkyNet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time."

At this time.

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