Outage at Cloud Giant AWS Impacts Leading Websites

March 1, 2017
Outage at Cloud Giant AWS Impacts Leading Websites
An outage at cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) impacted a number of leading websites before it was successfully addressed by the company. With headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States, AWS is the clear market leader as far as cloud computing is concerned. The company offers a suite of cloud services that includes compute, storage, security and Internet of Things (IoT) options. A number of sites rent server space from AWS rather than have their own servers, and it was some of these sites that were impacted.

The outage specifically impacted AWS’ S3 customers and sites like SoundCloud, Imgur, Quora, Trello and Business Insider all reported issues as a result of the outage, which occurred at AWS’ data centers in the United States. The cause of the issue has yet to be announced. Other AWS customers that weren’t immediately impacted by the issue reported a slower than usual service. The outage also brought down AWS’ own video streaming service, Amazon Video. A similar outage in 2015 lasted 5 hours.

The company’s ‘Service Health Dashboard’ initially suggested it was dealing with ‘Increased Error Rates for Amazon S3’ in AWS’ ‘US-EAST-1 Region’. Today the dashboard concluded, “As of 1:49 PM PST, we are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which was our last operation showing a high error rate. The Amazon S3 service is operating normally.”

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