Storm Hits Amazon Cloud: Netflix, Instagram & Pinterest Face Downtime

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Users of popular services including Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram found themselves out of luck late Friday night as a service disruption hit a North Virginia data center operated by Amazon Web Services, according to a report from

As of 12:10 AM central standard time, the company’s AWS Service Health Dashboard indicated that there were power issues affecting CloudWatch, Elastic Compute Cloud, ElastiCache, Elastic Beanstalk and Relational Database Service.

“We’re aware that some members are experiencing issues streaming movies and TV shows. We’re working to resolve the problem.,” commented popular movie streaming platform Netflix through ones of its Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, another Twitter message from photo sharing app provider Instagram also confirmed the outage and thanked users for being patient.

Storms were the apparent cause of the downtime. “CloudWatch metrics for EC2, ELB, RDS, and EBS are delayed due to lost power due to electrical storms in the area. CloudWatch alarms set on delayed metrics may transition into INSUFFICIENT DATA state. Please see EC2 status for the latest information,” commented AWS in one of its health status updates.

Just earlier this month, a cable fault at Amazon’s same Virginia data center caused another considerably notable outage. That glitch was further complicated when a defective cooling fan resulted in a backup generator overheating.

UPDATE: A representative for Amazon confirmed to the Washington Post that all services had since been restored. “We began restoring service to most of the impacted customers Friday night, and the remainder were restored on Saturday,” commented Tera Randall in the Washington Post report. Currently examining the AWS Service Health Dashboard shows everything to be functioning normally.

**This report was originally posted June 30