Much of the Internet isn’t working right now. If you’ve experienced any technical difficulties on any of the websites you’ve been on today, then it’s probably because of this.
Something called AWS S3 isn’t working right now. And that’s a pretty big deal for a lot of websites on the Internet.
So what’s going on? Well AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, and these are online services offered by Amazon to help other websites and other web developers create web services while capitalising on Amazon’s very expensive (and usually very reliable) high-end software and hardware.
AWS S3 is part of Amazon Web Services, and the S3 stands for Simple Storage System. It’s basically a web storage system that many other third party websites utilise to offer their services.
AWS is usually pretty reliable. It is, after all, run by Internet giants Amazon.com, and plenty of websites use its services to run properly. If it goes down, lots of the Internet basically won’t work as they should do.
And that is exactly what has just happened today. Amazon have reported “high rates of errors” in its AWS S3 service, meaning any site that uses that particular service is likely to be down, or at least partly down.
A previous outage of AWS happened back in September 2016, and that lasted 5 hours.
Sites that have experienced problems because of the outage include Amazon themselves, Quora, Sailthru, Swagbucks, Spotify, Buzzfeed, MailChimp, Business Insider, Giphy, Slack and Vox.
Amazon, naturally, hopes to have the problem fixed soon.
Let’s hope they do. Many sites are depending on them to get this sorted.