I think we can pretty much agree that Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing reputation has taken a severe hit over the last couple of days.

It’s now officially Saturday, and while a lot of the sites that were initially impacted by Amazon’s massive cloud computing outage are back up, there are still quite a few casualties out in the wild.

One such casualty hits particularly close to home for the jailbreak community, that of course being Cydia.

Cydia is still partially down as of me writing this, and there is no sure-fire ETA to look forward to…

Say you wanted to buy a particularly tempting jailbreak app right this second? Well, we wish you the best with your endeavors.

That’s because purchasing continues to remain offline for Cydia. You can’t buy anything on the Cydia store because Amazon EC2 hosts the primary Cydia servers, including, yep, purchasing.

This is an unprecedented outage to a service that had a pretty good reputation beforehand. It’s proof that the cloud still has some kinks to work out.

There is no shortage of opponents to cloud computing, and it looks like we’ll be seeing even more coming out of the woodwork due to Amazon’s apparent single point of failure(s).

If you’ve been eyeing a particular paid jailbreak tweak, you’re going to have to wait on that, but for how long? I’m not sure even Amazon knows the answer to that question.

What do you think about the vulnerabilities present with cloud computing, especially with Apple getting ready to launch their own cloud music service?

Also, have you noticed any other issues overall?

  • Tsiv

    This will make cloud computing stronger. Somehow this is just a minor incident that’ll make them consider better backup systems. No way this’ll tear cloud computing down. The biggger blow is for Amazon and their reputation but they’ll soon rebound saying they’re safer than ever and it’ll all be past. Just another lesson in this brave world of all things digital. 😉

    • Tsir

      More like a blow son…

  • Barry

    The Manage account does not work as well… I want to purchase AlertArtist and CleverPin!!!

    • Juan

      thanks captain obvious. =)

  • old tom

    cloud computing/storage is all find and good. but i for 1 will continue my long proven practice of keeping a local copy and backup of anything i deem important-regardless of how “solid” cloud computing gets.

  • AppleBits

    Yep. I had issues updating Barrel, didn’t know about this Amazon thing at the time. (living under a rock can cause this…). Uninstalled Barrel, tried to reinstall…and got the server error. Dangit.
    I’m guessing that WHEN this is fixed, our past purchases will be available again…?
    Bummer. I love Barrel. It’s a major fun show-off tweak.

  • Nick4G

    This is better then talking about the white iPhone every 3 hours!!!!!!!!!

    • tgm

      True dat…

    • Nick4G

      than* oops haha

  • Just looking for the outage to be over and for the “make it not happen again” stuff start. BTW: the make it not happen again stuff will start and improve the “cloud”. Too bad we have to suffer the bad stuff to make it the way it should have been to start with.

  • dirk

    So I am assuming we cannot jailbreak right now?

    • DomPerignon

      No; you can not.

    • thegs68

      You can still jailbreak, but you cannot install any paid for apps.