HuskyCT outage came from provider


HuskyCT was down for two hours on Tuesday afternoon following an outage through Amazon Cloud. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

The University of Connecticut’s learning management system HuskyCT remained down for over two hours following a major outage from its provider on Tuesday afternoon.

“Many services, such as Blackboard and other major applications delivered through Amazon Cloud, were impacted,” said university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.

HuskyCT is one of many companies delivered through Amazon Cloud Services. Amazon’s S3 is the nation’s largest cloud computing company, according to USA Today.

“I’ve seen notes on social media from colleagues at several other universities nationwide whose systems also were down this afternoon due to this issue,” Reitz said.

Airbnb, Netflix, BuzzFeed and several other companies all utilize Amazon’s cloud-based storage, according to USA Today. Many of the companies witnessed slowdowns yesterday.

“Most of my classes utilize HuskyCT, so with the site down, I wasted about three hours of valuable study time,” eighth-semester urban and community studies major Devin Hall said.

Hall said he noticed several people in the Homer Babbidge Library experiencing the same issues as him.

He also heard complaints from friends and classmates regarding the site being down.

“This has happened about three times so far this semester,” Hall said. “It has impacted numerous people across campus this semester and we as a student body have lost valuable study time.”

According to Amazon’s AWS website, the company said there were increased error rates for Amazon S3.

At 1:49 p.m. AWS stated they were fully recovered.

“We are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which was our last operation showing a high error rate,” AWS said. “The Amazon S3 service is operating normally.”

Emma DeGrandi is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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