AWS endures extended outage in Australia

Heavy clouds take out clouds


Sysadmins in Sydney had a horrible Sunday, while their CEOs bent their attention to wondering why their Foxtel Rugby sportscasts weren't working.

The Amazon Web Services AWS "power event" AP-SOUTHEAST-2 Region was almost certainly caused by a massive storm system that ran from Brisbane to the NSW South Coast, leading to a weekend of widespread flooding, blocked road and coastal erosion. A lot of usually dry places between Byron Bay and Sydney became navigable waterways.

Affected services included EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, ElastiCache, Redshift, Relational Database Service, Route 53 Private DNS, CloudFormation, CloudHSM, Database Migration Service, Elastic Beanstalk and Storage Gateway.

The outages reached six hours or more.

Twitter users noticed the troubles.

There was a bit of “what's going on?” discussion on the Australian Network Operators Group's mailing list (AusNOG), which drew this thundering warning for media not to report list chatter that is posted in plain sight (The Register presumes is in response to a previous Vulture South story that drew from Ausnog posts).

So we won't tell you that some network CEOs were on the job on a Sunday dealing with the problem.

AWS still hadn't completely recovered at 7:00PM, Sydney time, on Sunday night, if Twitter posts were anything to go by.

The water will drain away, eventually. ®

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