Amazon Web Services outage downs major sites again: reports
Amazon Web Services (AWS) briefly faced another outage on Wednesday morning, according to reports — disrupting services at a range of companies that depend on it.
DownDetector, which tracks user outage reports, showed more than 7,000 reports of issues with Amazon's cloud computing network at one point. Users also reported issues for many major sites, such as Snapchat, Google, Netflix, USPS, Capital One, Zoom, Salesforce, Starbucks, Ring and more.
The livestreaming service Twitch had more than 12,000 reports of issues, DownDetector showed.
Amazon’s status page showed "internet connectivity" issues impacting the "US-WEST-1 Region" and "US-WEST-2 Region," which were later resolved.
"We have resolved the issue affecting Internet connectivity to the US-WEST-2 Region. Connectivity within the region was not affected by this event. The issue has been resolved and the service is operating normally," an 8:14 a.m. PT status update reads.
FILE - Amazon Web Services logo displayed on a phone screen and a laptop keyboard are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland, on Dec. 1, 2021. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The reports came after the cloud-service operation was hit with a major outage last week for more than five hours, severely impacting many companies dependent on it to run their operations.
AWS provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments and companies, including FOX properties, whose publishing system was impacted much of the day during the previous outage.
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Widespread and often lengthy outages resulting from single-point failures appear increasingly common. In June, the behind-the-scenes content distributor Fastly suffered a failure that briefly took down dozens of major internet sites including CNN, The New York Times and Britain's government home page.
Then in October, Facebook — now known as Meta Platforms — blamed a "faulty configuration change" for an hours-long worldwide outage that took down Instagram and WhatsApp in addition to its titular platform.
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