Internet’s Down

Amazon Web Services EC2 cloud volumes for N. Virginia is down and they are having trouble launching new instances.

Here’s the full text direct from the console:

10:38 AM PDT We are currently investigating degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region.
11:11 AM PDT We can confirm degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region. Instances using affected EBS volumes will also experience degraded performance.
11:26 AM PDT We are currently experiencing degraded performance for EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region. New launches for EBS backed instances are failing and instances using affected EBS volumes will experience degraded performance.
12:32 PM PDT We are working on recovering the impacted EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region.
1:02 PM PDT We continue to work to resolve the issue affecting EBS volumes in a single availability zone in the US-EAST-1 region. The AWS Management Console for EC2 indicates which availability zone is impaired.

EC2 instances and EBS volumes outside of this availability zone are operating normally. Customers can launch replacement instances in the unaffected availability zones but may experience elevated launch latencies or receive ResourceLimitExceeded errors on their API calls, which are being issued to manage load on the system during recovery. Customers receiving this error can retry failed requests.

UPDATE: As I write this, I’m seeing services coming back up.

Inside Apple’s New Flagship Third Street Promenade Store

I got a sneak peek inside Apple’s new flagship retail store during its construction. The location is in the lot formerly occupied by the Borders book store.

The build requires the tallest construction crane currently in Santa Monica because the ceiling implements one of Steve Jobs’ last patents: the glass roof. Apple store employees will apparently have to wear sunglasses while on the job.