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Old 03-02-2017, 08:30 AM
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Glitch in Amazon web servers causes problems for popular sites

If you use Amazon's Web services and your site crashed on Feb. 28/17 here is why:
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Amazon’s S3 cloud service experienced an outage of several hours on Tuesday that caused problems for many websites and mobile apps that rely on it, including Medium, Business Insider, Slack, Quora and Giphy.

The company said earlier on Tuesday that it was experiencing “high error rates” on the platform affecting a large part of the east coast of the US. Then on Tuesday afternoon, Amazon posted on its service health dashboard that the issue had been resolved:

“As of 1:49 PM PST, we are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which was our last operation showing a high error rate. The Amazon S3 service is operating normally.”

The Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3) is used by tens of thousands of web services for hosting and backing up data, including the Guardian, which was heavily affected...

...It’s convenient and flexible (you only pay for the storage they use) for companies who don’t have the resources or skills to do it themselves – that is, until there’s a problem.
Glitch in Amazon web servers causes problems for popular sites
Tuesday 28 February 2017

And a follow up article is here: How did an Amazon glitch leave people literally in the dark?
 
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