A number of websites and Internet services crashed or had limited availability Thursday because of problems at a data center run by Amazon.com.

The AP reports:

Scores of websites and Internet services like Foursquare and Reddit crashed or had limited availability Thursday because of problems at a data center run by Amazon.com.

The problems revealed widespread reliance on Amazon Web Services, which rents out computers and data storage on a self-service basis over the Internet.

AWS is generally considered reliable because it uses vast numbers of computers, spread out in different data centers, making Thursday’s failure unusual.

Amazon said the trouble started early in the morning at a data center in Northern Virginia, but provide no details.

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