Amazon Sees Server Problems Spread

When has server problems, it shares them with other key retail players, including and

At least that’s the e-commerce lesson those three retailers—and perhaps others—are learning this week.

All three retailers began seeing a sharp drop in server response times starting Sept. 20, at about 9 a.m. Eastern, according to sources familiar with their servers.

The three are connected because, to varying degrees, Amazon is hosting chunks of the e-commerce sites of both Borders and Target.

How sharp? Amazon’s uptime is typically one of the best, hovering between 98 percent and 99 percent, the sources said.

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