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QRZ Temporarily Shut Down by Amazon Web Services Outage

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Oct 22, 2012.

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ Guest

    Our cloud services provider,, suffered some kind of big network failure this morning, knocking hundreds of websites offline, including QRZ. The outage lasted about 2.5 hours and it looks like the worst of it may be behind us.

    You can read more about it here, at <a href=""><a>

    Meanwhile, it looks like QRZ has returned back to normal and things are running smoothly at this time. We would not be surprised if a few more hiccups take place throughout the day, but for now we'll keep our fingers crossed.

    Thanks everyone for your patience.
  2. K6ZGI

    K6ZGI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been having QRZ go off line for the last several days....thanks for the heads up with whats happening.....K6ZGI
  3. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was having a QRZ attack.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  4. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Subscriber QRZ Page

    Coincidentally :confused: Verizon landline service was also down. No derecho storm this time.
  5. KF7BSI

    KF7BSI Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. WW7F

    WW7F Guest

    Fred, Thanks for letting us know asap what is up.
    I did some investigating and digured it was related to the cloud I noticed last night about 11 PM it slowed down here a lot then today was gone. 73 thanks for a great site,Michelle:)
  7. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    Missed U at Pacificon, Fred! Was all excited on finally a chance to meet you, but guess other plans canceled your trip there. SOMEDAY I will cross paths with U!
  8. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks for the heads up Fred...

    Roommate stayed home, took a vacation day. we found plenty to do like play one round of TeamFortress-2 that lasted 4:08, not the longest that round lasted just over six hours.
    We had fun. sorry to hear The Zed was down.....
  9. K2WH

    K2WH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hate to say we told you so. The cloud is not immune and or impervious to failure.

  10. K4HX

    K4HX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry to hear about the problems. The cloud giveth and the cloud taketh away.
  11. WK1W

    WK1W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    internet may fail, but HAM RADIO prevails (propagation nothwithstanding).
  12. WX1DX

    WX1DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    time for better server than amazon like Google!

    this is the 3-4 times this year that I'm aware that QRZ has gone off line. time to to look at a better server system than amazon! Also is any one else concerned that I know part of the US air forces computer security screening system was off line all day as well? Wonder is this might have been a hack of the system regardless of what the company is saying.


  13. N4UED

    N4UED Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Just go to . It is a great callsign server .
  14. WH2HAO

    WH2HAO QRZ Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think this is the cyber attack we have been hearing about..
  15. PA3KC

    PA3KC Ham Member QRZ Page

    QRZ makes allot of money from amateurs who provide there info for free. Can't they find a decent hoster that doesn't go of the grid from time to time? :confused:
  16. W8QZ

    W8QZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    So, this is the 'in the cloud' future of computers? Hmmm . . . . . .
  17. KI4SP

    KI4SP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    very strange, so was the Army AKO mail (Army Knowledge Online)...........
  18. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    colocation of equipment would be the best way to, it's also the most expensive. Even still there are issues, like you are not always to access your gear to preform repairs or upgrades, that brings up the other problem. Your gear and the cost of upgrading it maintaining it, so the best option for some businesses is the cloud. All the cloud comuting providers have outages, Amazon just happens to be one of the largest...

    It is for many but not all. These days in online gaming there are a few big companies who host servers and provide support however for many of the games the actual game server is a dedicated peace of hardware sometimes owned by a couple of people colocated at a small to medium sized ISP. There are many companies who still have colocated hardware. Healthcare is moving away from this model and is in the cloud these days.... My roommate's office has had to deal with outages as everything but their appointment book is in the cloud, doctors notes everything....
    I don't know of anybody who really can stand up and say this is a good thing, expect for the fact everything is backed up off site. That is one good thing about the cloud...
  19. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    The computer industry needs a red herring buzzword to chase every so often to get the sleazy sales types excited. "The Cloud" is the latest. For some uses cloud storage may make a difference, but with reliability and security issues it has a long way to go to be a replacement for local storage of data.
  20. N0AMT

    N0AMT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Boy, this has OPSEC failure written all over it. Please consider what you're posting in the open for all to see here. If what you say is true, do you really think everybody who comes to QRZ has a need to know? Should we really be telling the world?

    Not possible. Every provider goes down from time to time, often from problems outside of their control. Cloud or no cloud.

    Cloud or no cloud, I'd urge you to find me ONE provider, who can provide all that AWS does for QRZ with absolutely zero downtime guaranteed. Nothing exists.

    Folks keep in mind, the internet is built on top of hardware. From time to time (as evident in our own hobby) hardware fails. This could happen to your small town ISP and bump a few people offline, or it could happen to Amazon, or even Amazon's backbone provider, and bump more than a few websites offline.

    Some of the other websites affected:
    Reddit, Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, Github

    If AWS is good enough for them, it should definitely support QRZ.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
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