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AWS Outage Impacts Thousands of Online Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a core provider of internet infrastructure services, is going through a major outage, and the service’s spotty uptime is now causing huge issues at thousands of other online services across the internet. Almost all major cloud-based software apps that rely on AWS for their backend are currently impacted, from Adobe Spark to Roku, and from Flickr to Autodesk.

Other impacted services also include smart devices (currently failing to connect to their private clouds), cryptocurrency portals (failing to process transactions), and streaming and podcast services (limiting users from accessing their accounts). Among the sites who are reporting issues on the DownDetector page are services like Ring, Prime Music, Pokemon Go, Roku, MeetUp.com, League of Legends, Anchestry.com, Chime, and others.

According to Amazon’s status page, at the core of today’s outage is AWS Kinesis, an AWS product that can be used to aggregate and analyze large quantities of data in real-time. While many of the impacted services don’t use AWS Kinesis, Amazon said the Kinesis issue actually caused problems internally at the company, with errors and second-hand disruption also appearing at 27 other AWS products.

While the Amazon status page looks like all services are up and running, AWS engineers said the outage is also preventing its engineers from updating its status page — beyond a small message at the top. According to AWS, besides Kinesis, the following AWS products are also seeing similar issues:

  • ACM
  • Amplify Console
  • API Gateway
  • AppMesh
  • AppStream2
  • AppSync
  • Athena
  • AutoScaling
  • Batch
  • CloudFormation
  • CloudTrail
  • CloudWatch
  • Cognito
  • Connect
  • DynamoDB
  • EventBridge
  • IoT Services
  • Lambda
  • LEX
  • Managed Blockchain
  • Marketplace
  • Personalize
  • Resource Groups
  • SageMaker
  • Support Console
  • Well Architected
  • Workspaces
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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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