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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. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Yep the warning Is on Cydia's home page now, I hope it gets fixed soon lol

      Edit: it took a lot for me to not scream out IM NOT AN ANNOYING NOOB, lol!
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Little late. and Why did I decide to upgrade to 4.3.2 last night
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      So wheres the 10% off my cydia bill, amazon??

      It's all cause they think they can show up apple and release a cloud music locker without the music industry and not only screw over negotiations for everyone but screw themselves over because they can't even handle it on their servers. Maybe the amazon app store is adding to it. Yeah forget the music locker the downloading of angry birds rio is what did it.... obviously (:
    1. Italia411's Avatar
      Italia411 -
      Kinda weird the Playstation Network has been down for two days..
    1. ipony's Avatar
      ipony -
      is this the same issue that the psn is experiencing at the moment ?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      Yep the warning Is on Cydia's home page now, I hope it gets fixed soon lol

      Edit: it took a lot for me to not scream out FIRST, lol!
      you're not a cool guy for saying first
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      is this the same issue that the psn is experiencing at the moment ?
      no thats sony being babies
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      you're not a cool guy for saying first


      no thats sony being babies
      I didn't say first... And that's the point of the name, I'm a total nerd/not cool @ my school it's a joke... I was adding that for the lawlz...
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      I didn't say first... And that's the point of the name, I'm a total nerd/not cool @ my school it's a joke... I was adding that for the lawlz...
      ok just pointing it out. Anyway hopefully the server will get back up soon
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I had already purchased Barrel but there is an upgrade that I cannot access for it so this posts confirms what's going on


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      I didn't say first... And that's the point of the name, I'm a total nerd/not cool @ my school it's a joke... I was adding that for the lawlz...
      Your as cool as you want to be bud.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Don't spam no you don't
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      Edit: it took a lot for me to not scream out FIRST, lol!
      Ummmmm you did yell out first just in a different, yet still annoying way.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      hopefully it will be up in 3-4hours not sure it will be, but would be nice
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      Glad I use paypal at least at this point...who knows what happens to their servers...
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      I'll wait to upgrade to 4.3.2. I feel sorry Mr. Freeman...he has nothing but dedication for the JB community.
    1. JayQuint87's Avatar
      JayQuint87 -
      Stinks.

      Well I am sure it will be back up soon.
      Someone is probably gonna get fired




      ...haha, hopefully not.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      This is just sad on amazon's part. It just gives the impression that their services are ****.

      BTW, I was the one that tipped them on this story.
    1. n80r's Avatar
      n80r -
      so this is why cydia's shsh is gone?
    1. ifones's Avatar
      ifones -
      For some reason this has caused my tlert Cydia app to stop working and it's telling me my license has expired. Anyone else experiencing this? Anyone know of another app like tlert where this won't happen?
    1. jmillermcp's Avatar
      jmillermcp -
      So all it took was Amazon's web services to crash to prompt Saurik to finally update the Cydia front page. How long is it going to keep warning about upgrading to 4.0.2? Don't get me wrong I love Cydia, just the front page could use some TLC.