Did you notice any apps not working on your phone? Perhaps no Netflix?
That’s because for the past few hours, Amazon Web Services has been undergoing a widespread outage.
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.
— Satyajeet (@iamDeveloper) September 20, 2015
The culprit appears to be Amazon’s DynamoDB in Northern Virginia:
And, predictably, the Internet is freaking out:
— Christian Westman (@westmaaan) September 20, 2015
Today loads of companies re-assess how seriously to take the message of 'design for failure' to include multiple geographic regions. #aws
— Gavin Hamill (@gdh_gdh) September 20, 2015
— Jess Bahr (@JessaBahr) September 20, 2015
If DynamoDB can avoid further problems, they can be back on track for their five nines SLA in just 60 short years. #awsoutage
— Dennis (@Opacki) September 20, 2015
VentureBeat uses SocialFlow to schedule social media posts. You might have noticed that links in our social media streams lead you to a 503 error page. We’re, uh, hoping Amazon sorts that out.
This is likely to be a very costly mistake for Amazon. Back in 2013, a similar outage cost Amazon a reported $1,100 per second.
In the meantime, go outside. Lay in the grass and consider the cascading effects of our entire modern lives residing in fallible computer systems.