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The Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage has created havoc

AWS outage results in undeliverable packages, as well as the inaccessibility of major websites and devices.

On Tuesday, December 7, an outage in Amazon Web Services (AWS), the e-commerce giant's cloud computing unit, caused a slew of backlogs at its warehouses and knocked out popular websites and apps like Google, Disney Plus, Venmo, DoorDash, Inc. (DASH), Spotify Technology S.A. 

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage has created havoc
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage has created havoc

Websites that are frequently frequented by the public, such as My Social Security—a portal for online accounts with the United States Social Security Administration—also reported outages that began approximately 10:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Smart home devices were not exempt from the attack. Customers have experienced troubles with Alexa, Ring security cameras, and iRobot vacuum cleaners, all of which are internet of things (IoT) connected services and products.

TAKEAWAYS IMPORTANT

  • Popular websites were taken down, smart devices were disturbed, and Amazon warehouse deliveries were delayed due to an AWS outage that lasted several hours.
  • Because many people continue to work and study from home throughout the pandemic, the outage occurred during one of the busiest times of the year, causing severe inconvenience.
  • Google, Disney Plus, Venmo, DoorDash, Spotify, Alexa, Ring, and the trading app Robinhood are among the notable organizations and gadgets affected.
  • The main source of the problem, which has caused API console difficulties predominantly on the East Coast, has been located, according to AWS.
  • Downdetector.com, a company that tracks outages, reported more than 24,000 issues with AWS earlier Tuesday.

AWS, the largest cloud computing provider in the United States, later stated that the disruptions had predominantly impacted the East Coast area, adding that the fundamental cause of the problem had been located. ""In the US-EAST-1 Region, service application programming interface (API) and console issues are starting to get better. We have found the root cause of the problem and are starting to see some signs that things are getting better. of improvement." of recovery," the AWS status webpage stated.

The corporation did not, however, provide an expected period for when its services will be fully restored.

Downdetector.com, a company that tracks outages, reported more than 24,000 issues with AWS earlier Tuesday. By late afternoon, though, the number of reports had dropped below 3,500.

Outages Aren't a Rare Occurrence

According to Gartner Inc., leading cloud platforms face substantial outages about once every quarter. However, because AWS controls over 90% of the cloud infrastructure market and many people continue to work and study from home during the pandemic, the impact was felt worldwide. "These people are almost too big to fail. Activities that run on these cloud platforms underpin a large part of our daily life "According to The Wall Street Journal, Gartner vice president Sid Nag

The outage comes just months after Meta Platforms, Inc.'s (FB) services went offline due to networking troubles, affecting several of the company's most popular apps, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. According to Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at network intelligence firm Kentik Inc., the downtime was not caused by hostile activity. According to the website ToolTester, Amazon has experienced 27 outages in the last 12 months.

Despite the interruption, Amazon shares maintained their early session gains, finishing 2.8 percent higher Tuesday afternoon.
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