Problems once again stem from north Virginia data center
A number of popular Internet web sites and services hosted by Amazon Web Services went offline or had various connectivity issues beginning Sunday afternoon, with the problems quickly traced once again to the company's northern Virginia data center, which has become notorious for occasional uptime issues. The outage took down (at least for brief periods) Netflix, Airbnb, Instagram, Vine, IFTTT and others. All were back online within hours.
Amazon Web Services blamed by Netflix engineer
As of Christmas Eve, some US customers are having issues with Netflix streaming, due to an issue with Amazon Web Services -- specifically the data center in northern Virginia that was also responsible for taking down a number of popular sites last summer. The problems began being reported after 4PM EST, and at this hour Amazon is still reporting some issues with CloudSearch and Elastic Load Balancing issues at the center that may continue to affect customers.
S3 storage also reduced by a quarter
Amazon has launched a new data warehouse service at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference today, alongside some price changes to its hosting and processing services. The petabyte-scale service called Amazon Redshift will allow users to "dramatically increase the speed of query performance" when large sets of data are being analyzed, and will work with the same SQL-based tools already being used.
Many popular sites affected, no estimated time for full recovery
Amazon web services has confirmed on a status page that is it suffering from "degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes" in a single availability zone centered on Northern Virginia. Affected sites Reddit, Imgur, Pinterest, GitHub, and Gamespot are experiencing intermittent service disruptions as a result of the outage, particularly for web surfers living in geographical proximity to the Herndon, VA-based data center.
Spectrum bought from cable companies to boost 4G
Verizon announced today that it would be moving forward with its plan to acquire Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses from the cable companies. The announcement comes following approval of the plan by both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon's spectrum buy had encountered resistance from a number of regulatory and industry figures, but the approval will give the carrier the spectrum it requires to greatly increase its 4G wireless capabilities.
Penny-per-gigabyte storage has long retrieval lead times
Amazon has added a new tier to its cloud services. Amazon Glacier is being marketed as cloud-based backup storage for enterprise with considerably lower storage costs than the similar Simple Storage Service, however it lacks the immediate file retrieval found in S3. Instead, a job submission for files must be submitted and can take hours to process, as well as suffer a charge for backup retrieval.
Deal awaits regulatory approval
Despite the vocal dispute between Verizon and T-Mobile regarding spectrum ownership, both companies have established a swap and sale agreement for Advanced Wireless Services-band (AWS) licenses in several hundred US markets. The companies suggest the spectrum transfer will help bolster their respective LTE expansion plans.
AWS to sell app deployment to cloud service
Amazon Web Services has introduced a "one-click deployment" software store for its users. The AWS Marketplace allows customers to buy and deploy web-based software directly onto Amazon's IT infrastructure.
Apple may use Amazon, Microsoft for iCloud help
Apple's iCloud service might not just run on non-Mac servers but use outside services, rumors divulged Friday. The remote media sharing and pushing is believed to use a mix of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure to load content. Register contacts understood that Apple wanted to outsource as it wasn't logical for a company focused on "building great consumer experiences" to go to the effort of creating every aspect of the cloud infrastructure from scratch.
US Govt Resists AWS 3 Plan
The incumbent White House administration today voiced public opposition to a measure that would require the winner of an FCC auction to offer free AWS Internet access across the US. A letter from Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez claims to represent the Bush administration in opposing the wireless plan and says the FCC should let bidders win without conditions, with "market forces" dictating the nature of any Internet service rather than government concerns for the public interest.
T-Mobile Balks at AWS Plan
T-Mobile on Wednesday resisted moves by the US Federal Communications Commission to hasten its moves towards a free wireless broadband. The carrier has requested that the FCC delay an auction for its 2,100MHz Advanced Wireless Spectrum 3 (AWS-3) band by 90 days past its July 9th deadline to allow for a longer comment period and let T-Mobile air its potential problems with any future service; filling the AWS-3 band may create interference that prevents T-Mobile from using space it wants for its 3G service, according to a filing sent to the FCC.
Nokia 3606/1606 AWS phones
Finland's Nokia has announced two new cellphones for North America, the 3606 and 1606. Built on CDMA, the phones are notable mainly for supporting Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) bands -- specifically, the 1,700 and 2,100MHz ranges. AWS is a spectrum opened up to American carriers in 2006, and owned primarily by T-Mobile, a GSM carrier. The 3606 is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera, and supports features such as music playback and Bluetooth 2.0, the latter allowing A2DP stereo. Media is kept primarily on microSD cards.
New Cricket AWS phones
Smaller American carrier Cricket has announced its second and third AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) phones, the MyShot and Spex by Samsung. AWS is a frequency band that was opened up to cellular carriers in 2006, and is used by primarily by T-Mobile. The MyShot is a clamshell phone, featuring a 1.3-megapixel camera, with options like a timer and multi-shot capability. Also present is expanded Bluetooth support, which enables sharing photos as well as contacts. Pricing is $150.