Severe storms that wiped out power to more than 3 million people across the eastern United States Friday night also took down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and other sites due to an outage of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud in northern Virginia.
According to Amazon Web Services, at 10:21 p.m. EDT it was ‘investigating connectivity issues for a number of instances’ in the East region. By early Saturday morning, Amazon said it was ‘continuing to work to recover’.
According to the website Data Center Knowledge, the affected Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia, lost power for about 30 minutes, but the fallout from the outage affecting customers is longer lasting as Amazon has to recover virtual machine instances.
And while major data centers like this one have backup generators in case of a power problem, for whatever reason Amazon wasn’t able to use it.