Amazon Cloud Outage Cripples Multiple Major Websites and Streaming Applications

Key Takeaways:

  • A major outage disrupted Amazon’s cloud services on December 7, 2021. 
  • The outage disrupted the services of major websites and streamlining applications such as Disney+, Netflix, and Robinhood among others. 
  • Amazon said that the company is doing everything in its power to resolve the problem. 

A huge outage hit Amazon’s cloud services on Dec 7, 2021, disrupting multiple noteworthy websites and streaming services. Streaming services such as Disney+ and Netflix were affected along with Amazon’s own e-commerce site. 

Thousands of users across Europe and North America reported the issue as they turned to e-commerce sites for shopping ahead of Christmas. 

Amazon said that it was doing everything in its capacity to resolve the issue and make progress. However, the company did not give a clear timeline regarding when the services will be restored again. 

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What caused the Amazon Cloud outage?

According to Amazon, the root cause of the massive outage could be associated with its application programming interface (API). The API is a well-structured group of protocols that streamlines application development and integration of software. 

The company said that it is experiencing issues with consoles and API across the US-East-1 region. In a report on its service health dashboard, Amazon revealed that it has identified the root of the problem. 

Although the services seemed to have partially been restored by late afternoon, the company said that it was working toward full recovery. 

More about the outage and how it affected users

More than 24,000 users reported the problem on Downdetector. Downdetector keeps track of such outages by combining status reports from different sources, including outages reported by users on the platform. 

The outage has also had a negative impact on Amazon’s delivery options. Amazon’s warehouse operations that run on Amazon Web Services were also affected by the outage. An Amazon driver from Washington state reported that his facility was at a standstill in the first half of Tuesday. 

Some of the other services that bore the brunt of the patchy services include Amazon’s Ring security cameras, robot vacuum cleaner maker iRobot, and a mobile banking application Chime. 

A lot of websites were affected by the outage such as Internet Movie Database (IMDb), dating application Tinder, and language learning provider Duolingo. The disruption in Amazon’s services also affected pre-sales of tickets for Adele’s concert in Las Vegas. 

According to ToolTester, users have experienced around 27 outages on Amazon over the past year. 

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Karandeep V

Karandeep was born in Pune, Maharashtra, an upcoming metropolitan city in the Western region of India. While most members of his family are engineers, he had different ideas. He was more inclined toward exploring the non-technical aspects of a business, which is why he studied Bachelors of Business Administration at Symbiosis International University, Pune.  Having said that, his love for new and upcoming technologies remained intact, which is why he has written extensively about technology throughout his career. After a brief stint with a gaming company at the beginning of his career, he discovered that his love for writing was not temporary.  Being a tech geek, he always liked installing and playing around with new applications on his mobile devices and the home desktop. He was fascinated by how technology can simplify even the most mundane and complex tasks with just a few commands. He keeps a close eye on how businesses use different tools to streamline their operations to boost productivity and efficiency.  At ToolsMetric, he writes product reviews that cover the main features and specifications of different enterprise applications. The sheer amount of innovation and hard work that goes into building these tech solutions is one of the reasons why Karandeep loves reviewing these tools. Besides product reviews, he also writes interesting news articles and blogs that track the latest developments in the tech industry.  When he is not writing, you can find him rooted to his seat playing video games, watching movies, or supporting his favorite football team. Since his childhood, he has always loved to travel and explore new places. Traveling is a major part of his life due to a myriad of reasons such as experiencing new cultures, food, and traditions. His other hobbies include playing football, cooking, and running.  You can find him on LinkedIn here.

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