Amazon Web Services crashes AGAIN: Unit was down for almost two hours on third outage this month

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) crashed Wednesday morning for nearly two hours, marking the cloud service’s third outage this month.

Problems with the Amazon-owned unit began around 7:35 a.m. ET, with servers in its region US-East-1 hosted in Northern Virginia going down, which spans Northern Virginia, Boston, Houston and Chicago.

Hulu, Venmo, the McDonalds app, Slack, and DoorDash all crashed around the same time as AWS, impacting users around the world.

The blackout affected several countries, including the United States, India, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and China.

However, the AWS Status Dashboard showed that the servers were slowly coming back online about two hours later.

“We have now restored power to all instances and network devices in the affected data center,” AWS said on its site at 8:39 am ET.

The blackout affected several countries, including the United States, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and China

Because AWS provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments, and businesses around the world, when it goes down, so do other websites that pay to use its services.

The last one struck on December 15 and lasted for about two hours.

However, the first AWS outage this month, which happened on December 7, cut a sample of the Internet for more than seven hours.

Today’s outage, while not long, highlights major issues in Amazon’s cloud computing unit.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) crashed on Wednesday morning for nearly two hours, marking the cloud service’s third outage this month

Today’s outage, though not long, highlights major issues in Amazon’s cloud computing unit

The official AWS Service Health Dashboard attributed the issues to power outages in a single datacenter, affecting one Availability Zone (USE1-AZ4) in the US-EAST-1 region.

The data center went dark at 7:01 a.m. ET, resulting in the Northern Virginia area issue about 30 minutes later.

At 9:13 a.m. ET, the company said it had restored power to the data center and was making progress in recovering the affected instances.

However, some users may still experience issues while updating and restoring systems.

Because AWS provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments, and businesses around the world, when it goes down, so do other websites that pay to use its services.

The December 7 blackout not only took down websites, but also shut down Amazon delivery trucks and warehouses for several hours.

Three delivery service partners said an Amazon app used to communicate with delivery drivers and track packages was down.

This left vans that were supposed to deliver unused packages without any communication from the company, according to Bloomberg. It is not known how many pilots the failure affected.

Warehouse workers reported that entire Amazon facilities had been temporarily closed due to the outages and posted photos on Reddit showing what appeared to be stationary automated shelves, according to The Verge.

Hulu, Venmo, the McDonalds app, Slack, and DoorDash all crashed around the same time as AWS. However, the AWS Status Dashboard showed that the servers were slowly coming back online about two hours later.

Amazon employees have also reported system outages from coast to coast, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, and others. States.

The owners of two Amazon delivery companies in Minnesota and Florida confirmed to Vice’s Motherboard that their drivers can’t log into the Flex app, which they use to scan packages and get delivery routes.

The outage occurred during the company’s critical vacation shopping season and could potentially create lasting traffic jams at a time when the supply chain is already critical.

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