Amazon Web Services suffered from an extreme and prolonged outage of it’s US-East-1 Region starting yesterday. Amazon offers cloud-computing services and has millions of active customers.
Amazon released in a statement, “We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is impacting various AWS services. We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand root-cause, and are working on implementing what we believe will remediate the issue.” As of 11:35AM PT today, AWS noted that the dashboard has recovered and although they are said to have found the root cause of the issue, problems are still ongoing.
Business Insider, Giphy, Quora, Slack and other large sites are currently affected by the downtime. Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest and Buzzfeed are also among those who currently use Amazon Web Services.
AWS started off as a small department of Amazon but has now grown to approximately 8% of their revenue. AWS is said to control 31% (and growing) of the global cloud infrastructure market and has been the leader since 2006. US-East-1 is the North Virginia hosting region. Many businesses are shifting to cloud hosting to maximize profit and reduce costs.