Yahoo Mail, Flickr Hit by Outages

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-28 Print this article Print

Two of its most popular services were down for several hours for an undisclosed number of users.

Another large cloud-service provider, Yahoo, has been hit by a service delivery problem.

Two of its most popular services, Yahoo Mail and the Flickr photo service, were down for several hours April 28 for an undisclosed number of users, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said.

Yahoo joins Amazon Web Services and Sony Playstation Network as major global service providers that have been hit hard by outages in the last seven days.

The company did not say how many users were affected when its email service, which has been up and running since 1996, was down for that period of time.

Yahoo posted this notice on Twitter at about 9 a.m. PDT April 28: "For some users @Flickr is currently slow/inaccessible. We're fixing the issue to restore functionality ASAP--apologies for any inconvenience."

A few minutes later, the company posted this note: "This AM @Flickr was inaccessible/slow for some users. We worked quickly to fix & Flickr is now fully functional. Thanks for your patience!"

Yahoo posted this notice on Twitter a couple of hours later: "Yahoo Mail is currently inaccessible to some users. We are working to correct the issue and restore all functionality immediately."

Yahoo had yet to post an all-clear notice about its email service by 3:30 p.m. PDT. By that time, Yahoo Mail had been down for more than 6 hours for some users.

Even though Yahoo's services have been eclipsed in many areas by competitors Google and Microsoft, Yahoo Mail still ranks among the world's largest cloud-based email services. In October 2010, Yahoo reported that its number of email users was 273 million.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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