AWS major S3 outage downs major businesses

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Tuesday witnessed a large number of most popular apps and websites going down with Amazon Web Services experiencing issues with its S3 cloud storage services in the US-EAST-1 region.

The issue was acknowledged by AWS before 7:30 A.M. Pacific, and as per the AWS service health dashboard, the S3 outage was because of high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1 and that the company was working to remediate the issue.

The approximately four hour outage affected Adobe’s services, Mailchimp, Atlassian’s Bitbucket and HipChat, Heroku, Amazon’s Twitch, Quora, Autodesk Live and Cloud Rendering, Wix, Buffer, Business Insider, Chef, Docker, Expedia, Flippa, GitHub, GitLab, the MIT Technology Review, Pantheon, Trello, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and many more organizations, as reported by VentureBeat. Few like Airbnb, Pinterest, Down Detector, SendGrid, Freshdesk, Snapchat’s Bitmoji, and Time Inc. experienced slowdown.

AWS experienced last major outage of five hours in 2015 affected a number of its US customers and was reported to be due to some software issues in the US-EAST-1 data center in North Virginia.

The Twitter was rife on Tuesday with tweets discussing this outage, its effects, and whether multi-cloud and hybrid cloud options should be considered over relying on single cloud – public cloud, in this case.

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