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  • Saurik Comments on Cydia Outage and Ongoing Recovery Efforts

    On Friday, Jay Freeman (aka Saurik) posted a crimson enclosed notice on the front page of Cydia acknowledging an unfortunate problem plaguing no shortage of prominent digital domains. Reddit, Quora, FourSquare, Hootsuite, the New York Times, ProPublica and, yes, Cydia - not to mention about five dozen other sites - are enduring a significant outage that is, for obvious reasons, raising some serious questions about the reliability of Amazon Web Services and all things cloud-related.

    On Thursday, Freeman posted an update on Twitter regarding the widespread dilemma. "Amazon EC2 (which does host the primary Cydia website, purchasing, etc.) is currently experiencing severe issues: nothing I can do but wait," he tweeted. Tonight, Cydia has been updated with the following message:

    Amazon EC2, which hosts Cydia's internal website, has been having extreme issues for - 40 hours. This outage affects the ability to purchase paid products, the Theme Center, and Manage Account. I (saurik) have been sleeping in hour-and-a-half shifts since this outage began in order to keep a dialog open with Amazon "Premium Support" regarding this issue. Recently, enough access was recovered in order for me to modify the home page to add this message.

    Unfortunately, Amazon's status and ETAs have been confusingly vague and highly optimistic throughout the experience, causing me to be unable to make good decisions about disaster recovery choices. At this time, the latest news from Amazon AWS (as of two hours ago) was "that this will take 3-4 hours until full access is restored." Meanwhile, Premium Support has asked engineering to prioritize recovering Cydia's infrastructure. (For those interested in this sort of thing: this is the same Amazon EC2 outage that has been affecting other sites like reddit and foursquare.)
    According to CNN Money in their ongoing coverage of this digital disaster, Amazon "touts the way it links together many different data centers to protect customers from isolated failures." In fact, it promises to keep customers' sites up and running 99.95% of the year, "or it will shave 10% off customers' monthly bills."

    We'll keep you posted on the Cydia outage and the ongoing repair and recovery efforts.

    Source: Saurik, Cydia, CNN Money
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Saurik Comments on Cydia Outage and Ongoing Recovery Efforts started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 137 Comments
    1. freeze4real's Avatar
      freeze4real -
      Guys I tried updating ios4.3.1 to custom firmware but I can't.

      What's causing it. It's given me error 21.
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      Cydia's back online for me! Yay!

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. StayyyFlyyy's Avatar
      StayyyFlyyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by chevymusclecar View Post
      Cydia's back online for me! Yay!

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      back up for me too!
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Its back!! now i can finally re download my favorite theme NeurtoTech[HD].
    1. eddietah's Avatar
      eddietah -
      My Cydia 1.1.1 is back online and alive and kicking
    1. dabisnit's Avatar
      dabisnit -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post

      That's just my 2 cents. Im not one way or the other. Opinions are like belly buttons, everyone got one.
      I think they are more like a**h****, everybody has one and they all stink
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      Saw the red message, and was actually relieved he was able to let everyone know via Cydia what was happening.

      Bravo to Saurik for putting forth his best effort to not only to help resolve the issue, but also for keeping everyone updated along the way.

      Just my 2 cents.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      rough few days
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      That it was. I am off to buy Dreamboard.
    1. urwack's Avatar
      urwack -
      excellant good job saurik
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      I would love to check Cydia out this morning, however, I left my cell phone on my nightstand at home. Don't you hate when that happens!!! I feel so lost right now!! LOL!!
    1. mikelikesanime's Avatar
      mikelikesanime -
      It will not let me buy Haptic Pro. I guess they are still having some issues.
    1. baseballfool96's Avatar
      baseballfool96 -
      any ideas on how to get cydia working it opens then closes itself
    1. dtbeavin's Avatar
      dtbeavin -
      If you just jailbroke your device you usually have to reboot your phone then cydia will work. I have had this problem in the past where right after a jailbreak cydia will not open and a reboot did the trick. Hope this helps
    1. GhStRdR2k's Avatar
      GhStRdR2k -
      I am still having trouble downloading updates. I have two cydia apps to upgrade but I keep getting a 403 Forbidden error when they start downloading.
    1. Endscrypt's Avatar
      Endscrypt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      you're not a cool guy for saying first

      no thats sony being babies
      I wouldnt say acting like babies mabaye a bit alarmist,But concidering what just happened to Amazons EC2 etc i think there just being a very carefull company at the moment, I may be wrong but dont they have some sort of reason to believe there/ower security has been breeched by hackers, And if this is the case can you blame Sony for hitting a Parra attack considering the Geo case & the plenty other cases before that, That hasnt relly made them loved as much as they once were. Anyway just hope whatever is going down get sortede out and the PSN is switched back on (FREE THE PSN ONE) !!!!
    1. Zoex117's Avatar
      Zoex117 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      rough few days
      Hey man Thanx for the Cydia problem