On Tuesday, due to “high error rates” Amazon’s S3 cloud service suffered a major outage. Several mobile apps and websites like Medium, Business Insider, Pinterest, Airbnb, Netflix, Slack, Quora and Giphy suffered due to this outage. Soundcloud and Imgur also went offline due to the glitch.
The Amazon Simple Storage Solution is one of the largest computing services in the world. It used by web services to host and back up data. The dependent web services were majorly affected by this glitch. The technical issue also caused major problems with devices which are connected to the internet like smartphone-controlled light switches.
By Tuesday afternoon, Amazon issued a statement on service health dashboard stating, “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.”
The glitch brings to attention how dependent and vulnerable web services are on big players like Amazon and Google to provide with internet infrastructure.
This wasn’t the first time though Amazon suffered a glitch. In past, brief technical issues affected the working of Instagram, IMDb, and Vine.