Monday, 06 June 2016 17:47

Sydney storms dump on AWS customers

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A number of big name web properties were hit when the severe weather in Sydney caused an outage at Amazon Web Services on Sunday evening.

Sites reportedly affected by the AWS outage included Domain, Dominos, Fox Sports, Foxtel, Menulog, Stan and The Iconic.

According to Amazon, "a significant number of EC2 instances and EBS volumes within a single Availability Zone in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 Region experienced a loss of power."

Power was restored in just over an hour, and an hour and a quarter later "80% of the affected instances and volumes had been recovered by our automated systems".

Seven hours later, "all but a small number of instances and volumes were recovered. Since 8:00 AM PDT our teams have been working to recover these remaining instances and volumes. Most of these instances are hosted on hardware which was adversely affected by the loss of power. While we will continue to work to recover any affected instances or volumes, we recommend replacing any remaining affected instances or volumes if possible".

AWS wasn't the only provider affected by power issues over the weekend. Several banks experienced problems.

Bank of Queensland, IMB Bank, Me Bank and Westpac all suffered ATM and EFTPOS outages. Westpac also had a problem with its mobile banking app.

While Commonwealth Bank's own online services kept working, the bank's market share meant some of its customers were indirectly affected by problems at an unspecified EFTPOS provider.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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