“A lightning strike last night knocked out servers at Amazon’s only European data center and the provider has warned some of those affected face delays of up to two days before they get back online.

Amazon has told its EC2 customers in Europe some of them could face outages of as long as 24 to 48 hours as the cloud provider struggles to recover from a lightning strike that disrupted power supplies to its Dublin, Ireland data center. It took 3 hours to recover the first of the affected instances last evening European time (midday Pacific time) and after almost 12 hours a quarter still remained offline, with knock-on effects slowing their likely recovery time” according to By Phil Wainewright on August 8, 2011 (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/saas/lightning-strike-zaps-ec2-ireland/1382).

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