There were major disruptions on Tuesday for multiple hours when an outage of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure (S3 servers) caused multiple services to go down. Businesses that depended on the Amazon cloud computing service which is often used to store images and other media, suffered an outage across the East Coast region Tuesday morning, affecting services ranging from Amazon’s own media services to YouZign.
If you visited a website application that depended on that service, you may have experienced slow loading times, outages, missing files and other service related issues.
Some of the major services affected included Amazon Prime Video, Slack and Amazon Music. A number of web publishers, including The Verge and YouZign, were unable to load images for their articles. Many other services were unable to support user updates and users had to wait a few hours for the networks to be restored.
The winner? Netflix’s streaming service remained mostly available, even though Netflix uses the Amazon’s cloud infrastructure heavily. Due to past outages, Netflix has worked on being less dependent on single Amazon cloud regions, meaning that resources are dynamically being shifted if parts of Amazon’s cloud services go down.
Even though we may believe that certain multi-Billion dollar companies do not go down, you can NEVER SAY NEVER in the IT world. The beauty of cloud computing is that you can setup systems to handle emergencies automatically and in most cases, provide your services uninterrupted from the point of view of the customers.
If you would like to learn how to make your network more secure, add redundancy to your business and eliminate single sources of failures for your business, please contact our senior IT concierge providers at In The Cloud Technology.