Amazon: Networking Error Caused Cloud Outage

Last week’s lengthy outage for the Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform was caused by a network configuration error as Amazon was attempting to upgrade capacity on its network. Amazon today published a an incident report in which it discussed the outage, apologized to customers and outlined plans to make its platform more resilient. Read More

Keynote: Internet Held Up Well After Japan Quake

Web monitoring firm Keynote Systems (KEYN) says Internet access in Japan remained good in the hours following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Keynote’s monitoring Friday afternoon found few major problems, although some leading Japanese sites struggled to stay up and available. Read More

Data Center Theft KOs Vodafone Network

Hundreds of thousands of UK customers of Vodafone lost service this morning after switch equipment was stolen from one of the providers’ data centers. Although data center thefts are unusual, there have been similar incidents in recent years. Read More

New Zealand Earthquake Hobbles Telco System

A major earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand has caused widespread damage and at least 65 deaths. Much of the city is without power, and telecom companies are urging residents to use SMS text messages instead of mobile phone calls to preserve limited battery capacity. Read More

Was Egypt’s ‘Kill Switch’ the Big Red Button?

Did a common data center safety feature play a role in the Mubarak government’s move to cut off Egypt’s access to the Internet? Recent reports suggest that equipment at a key Internet exchange in Cairo may have been powered down by “throwing a breaker.” Read More

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