AWS outage: How Netflix weathered the storm by preparing for the worst

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Web Services Experiences Outages Sunday Morning, Causing Outages On.

This has affected Netflix, Product Hunt, Nest, Reddit, Medium, IMDB, Social Flow, and Amazon’s own Alexa and Instant Video services for users across eastern North America.

Amazon Web Services is back up and running on Monday following a Sept. 20 outage in Virginia that temporarily took down popular sites including Netflix, Tinder, Reddit and many others.Since Netflix, Reddit, Tinder and others are hosted on the AWS Public Cloud infrastructure, an outage impacting a core cloud service left some surfers without service. Today, Skype has lost connection, scuppering those wishing to talk to long-distance other halves or interviewing for that job on a different continent. Admittedly these blips in service haven’t been all-encompassing – Skype’s web client appears to still be functioning, but app users are “unable to change their status, start Skype calls or see their contacts”.

Eastern Standard Time on Sunday. “A secure cloud is one where all traffic is filtered, every endpoint defended, multiple products catch what one alone may not, key elements may be replicated geographically, and when you’ve done all you can do and it’s still not enough – that full rollback to a prior point in time is assured,” he said. Meanwhile, when Twitter.com went down, users could still tweet via third party clients, such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck and the app, just not from the desktop web. At time of publication, Amazon had coughed to data faults being reported on multiple services at its North Virginia US-EAST-1 site – which is the company’s oldest public-cloud facility.

Amazon’s service health dashboard exposed the problem may have been due to increased API error rates for Amazon Appstream services, although it’s unknown whether this would have impacted the services directly. These possible, internet-ending scenarios strike fear into our hearts because they offer a glimpse at what life would be like without surfing lunchtime news, the dopamine hit from social-media notifications and YouTube blooper reels. (Although, imagine a life without trolls sliding into your mentions to land a death wish at 11am on a Monday morning …; imagine a life with much less fomo, and where a prospective partner wouldn’t Google you before your first meeting). CloudWatch, a monitoring system for the application that runs on the platform and Cognito, a mobile data based service also suffered outrage along with DynamoDB. Skype has released a statement on its blog and taken to social media to apologise for the inconvenience, and to reassure users that the issue is being fixed.

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