Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service) and Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services) is down at this very moment (Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. EST, and people are understandably freaking out.
Well, some people are freaking out, while others are having a bit of fun with it. For example, The Verge, in an article titled Amazon S3 Outage 2017: how to watch it online, says:
“The Super Bowl has ended, the Oscars are done, and now it’s time for the season’s next big event: the 2017 Amazon S3 web server outage. Don’t want to miss out on the internet’s biggest event? Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of the best places to watch so you can make sure that you’re not missing any of the action.”
However, for business which rely on Amazon S3 for cloud storage, and those which rely on Amazon AWS to keep their websites up and running, and even their email, such a system-wide outage can spell disaster.
Engadget reports that their own site is being impacted, along with such sites as Quora, Medium, Giphy, and Slack.
The most recent updates from Amazon AWS, on Twitter, say:
We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-East-1, which is impacting some other AWS services.
For S3, we believe we understand root cause and are working hard at repairing. Future updates across all services will be on dashboard.
We are compiling a list of sites affected, and so far here is what we have – please add additional sites as you may come to know of them in the comment section below.
List of Sites Affected by the Amazon S3 and AWS Outage, February 2017
DownDetector (irony alert)
IsItDownToday (oh, the irony)
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