Much Of The Internet Has Crashed After A Problem With Amazon’s Servers

Amazons main storage system crashed Tuesday, disabling many large websites across the US.

Portions of the company’s S3 system shut down Tuesday afternoon, which is a service that 148,213 websites use, according to technology news site SimilarTech.

The outage seemingly begun at around 12:35 in the afternoon eastern time, say Catchpoint Systems. The problem was centered on AWS’ S3 storage system located on the nation’s east coast.

Service Disruptions

While the majority of the server’s functions were brought back up around 4 hours later AWS continued to work on recovering all normal operations, said the company.

AWS is the provider of cloud-based storing and website services so that companies don’t need to create their own farms of servers, letting them quickly deploy power without needing to spend on infrastructure.

Companies which use the AWS system include Airbnb, Pinterest, Netflix, Spotify, Buzzfeed, Slack, and much more. Now all of the sites had been affected by the massive outage, but many experienced slowdowns.

Massive Outage

“This is a pretty big outage,” Dave Bartoletti, an analyst that works with Forrester said. “AWS had not had a lot of outages and when they happen, they’re famous. People still talk about the one in September of 2015 that lasted five hours,” he stated.

AWS S3 is a service used by big and small businesses alike, “More than anything else, S3 customer need to be able to get at their data, because often S3 is used to store images. So no S3, no nice picture or fancy logo on your website,” Leung stated.

That was just the issue Lewis Bamboo faced. He runs a small bamboo nursery located in the city of Oakman, Alabama.

“As our business is in bamboo plants, pictures are a very important part of selling our product online. We use Amazon S3 to store and distribute our website images. When Amazon’s servers went down, so did the majority of our website,” said the CTO Daniel Mullaly.

“Thankfully we also store the images locally and I was able to serve the images directly from our server instead,” he said.