Amazon Web Services (AWS), the popular cloud platform operated by Amazon.com, has announced the full recovery of its services following a substantial outage on Tuesday. The significant disruption rippled across various websites, including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Boston Globe, among others.
The outage reports on Downdetector began to spike, painting a worrying picture for businesses globally. However, within a few hours, AWS announced, “All AWS Services are back in action following resolution of the issue.”
The scope of Tuesday’s impact extended beyond the transportation industry, affecting even financial services businesses. It provided a stark reminder of the critical role AWS’s innovative Lambda service and other cloud offerings play for modern-day companies.
As per the recent data from cloud company Datadog, over half of the organizations operating in the cloud rely on Lambda or comparable “serverless” technologies.
Outage reports on Downdetector dramatically reduced from a daunting 12,000 to less than 700 following AWS’s swift recovery.
The disruption, while significant, did not parallel the breadth or duration of AWS’s 2017 outage of its primary data-hosting service, Amazon S3.
Interestingly, the outage’s reach also extended to AWS’s own operational disruption web page, which experienced loading issues.
AWS reported the root cause of the disruption was an issue within a subsystem managing capacity for AWS Lambda, causing direct and indirect errors for customers and AWS services.
The outage rippled through several platforms and systems, affecting the U.S. securities regulator’s EDGAR system, Southwest Airlines, the Verge, and AP for Students.
Users voiced their frustration on Twitter, with one user humorously lamenting, “I don’t know, Alexa won’t tell me because #AWS and her services are down!”
Delta Air Lines reported website issues, though it did not confirm whether it was related to the AWS outage. In contrast, United Airlines reported minimal effects.
Other Amazon services, including Amazon Music and Alexa, were also affected as per Downdetector.
The last significant outage for AWS was in December 2021, disrupting streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+, the trading app Robinhood, and Amazon’s e-commerce site right before Christmas.
Despite the outage, Amazon’s shares remained relatively stable in after-market trading on Tuesday.
This news was originally reported by Business Today.