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Don't start your Black Friday online shopping spree just yet: Amazon Web Services' CloudFront content delivery network has wobbled over the last few hours and the perennially-loss-making retailer, and customers of its cloud computing services, have reportedly been hard to access. Amazon's status page said “We are currently …

  1. asdf

    >this wobble has very poor timing

    Funny that happens under heavy load. Or not.

    1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      That's a lie. The American public cloud doesn't have load issues. You use it and all those issues go away. You're a lying liar that is trying to destroy the future of IT!

  2. AMBxx Silver badge

    Azure too

    Not sure why there's no coverage, but my Azure hosted website was down for an hour yesterday afternoon. MS dashboard said it was limited to parts of the US, but my site hosted in Europe.

    1. Tim 11

      Re: Azure too

      azure going down doesn't count as news ;-)

    2. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      Re: Azure too

      Because it didn't happen. Azure is the perfect expression of the American Public Cloud. You can move your workloads from your local systems onto Azure and forget about them. They'll run perfectly, forever, with no load issues, never go down, never need backups and be cheaper than running on your own site!

  3. Skymonrie

    I thought the whole point of services such as AWS was to avoid putting all your eggs in one basket. Then again, the cloud is just "someone else's computer" with more than one pipe to it

    1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      American Public Cloud providers don't need redundancy. They simply provide! There are no issues. Ever.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      it's a meta-basket!

      I don't mind using cloudfront but I keep my servers elsewhere.

  4. Anonymous Blowhard

    This confirms my theory

    that AWS is a way for Amazon to have excess server capacity paid for by by AWS customers and when Amazon needs the servers for peak load (e.g. Black Friday) they can claw back the resources for themselves (this still gives a service level of 99% to AWS customers if they only do this for three days a year).

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: This confirms my theory

      This could be confirmed by looking at the spot prices for the EC2 datacenters?

      1. Anonymous Blowhard

        Re: This confirms my theory

        @Destroy All monsters

        Good idea! I didn't know this was done; I wonder if the spot price is based only on demand vs. availability or other factors e.g. competitor pricing and time of day in major markets?

      2. Robert Morgan

        Re: This confirms my theory

        I'd not think that holds water to be honest. AWS has been in the making since ~2002/2003 onwards, sure, initially it was a view to helping run, but the ultimate aim was always to make it fully accessible and multi-tenant. They're killing most, and it's near impossible to keep a normal/traditional platform online nearly as much as you can with something in AWS. I think their capacity is well past the running stage now, I'd cowardly hazard a guess, that (and all the international sites) are < 10% of the compute load on AWS.

        1. David Dawson

          Re: This confirms my theory

          Last I heard they hadn't moved onto AWS.

          It was more of a re-use of skills, tech and systems to build a new product area rather than somewhere to put onto

          Might not be the case now

    2. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      Re: This confirms my theory

      Who needs more than 99% uptime? The cloud is the future! You wouldn't be running a website that competes with one of the American Public Cloud providers, would you? That's naughty. You should go out of business.

      1. TimR

        Re: This confirms my theory

        Trevor - you must remember to take your tablets...

        1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge


          But I can't play Kerbal Space Program on a tablet!

  5. ZanzibarRastapopulous


    If Prime runs on AWS then it's been wobbling like a weeble for months.

  6. James 47

    DNS issues

    There have been DNS issues with running on AWS for ages now even when all connections are internal to AWS

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