Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage on Tuesday, the company said, limiting service to many key and popular sites.
The company provides cloud computing services to numerous governments, universities and businesses, including the Associated Press.
Amazon said in an article an hour after the outage began that it had identified the root cause and “was actively working on the recovery.” He didn’t reveal more about the cause.
The outage also affected Amazon’s ability to deliver updates, he said.
The blackout began mid-morning on the east coast of the United States, said Doug Madory, director of internet analytics at Kentik Inc, a network intelligence company. “AWS is the largest cloud provider and us-east-1 is their largest data center, so any disruption that has big impacts on many popular websites and other Internet services,” he said.
Mador said he didn’t believe the blackout was anything bad. He said that a recent cluster of outages among providers that host major websites reflects developments in the networking industry. “More and more, these outages end up being the product of the automation and centralization of administration,” he said. “This ends up leading to failures that are difficult to avoid completely due to operational complexity, but have a lot of impact when they do occur. “