Package deliveries jammed as well
Doing all the things we love to do on the internet, from streaming movies and shows to dating and trading cryptocurrency was a little tough on Tuesday, with Amazon Web Services experiencing major outages. AWS powers streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime as well as crypto platform Coinbase and dating app Tinder. Popular video game streaming sites were down, as well as Ring monitors and Alexa smart speakers. Outage monitoring site DownDetector listed dozens of popular websites and services as offline at various times.
AWS’ status page showed lots of errors throughout the day but seemed to be getting things going in the right direction by just after 5 p.m. Eastern. The outages were in the US-East-1 Region, with servers stored in Virginia. “We have executed a mitigation which is showing significant recovery in the US-EAST-1 Region. We are continuing to closely monitor the health of the network devices and we expect to continue to make progress towards full recovery. We still do not have an ETA for full recovery at this time,” AWS posted at 5:04 p.m. Eastern.
In the physical world, some Amazon deliveries were slowed, and the company told drivers it was “currently monitoring a network-wide technical outage,” CNBC reported. “Should drivers be unable to continue delivering due to the outage, go to a nearby safe location and stand by.”
While there’s no good time for a company that prides itself on swift delivery to have a slowdown, a couple weeks before Christmas is one of the worst, especially with e-commerce up and supply chains working overtime.
AWS powers essentially a third of the internet, so any outages are destined to have widespread effects.