AWS outage knocks out many internet applications

Amazon Web Service - AWS outage affected at least 23 of its geographic regions with notable internet applications affected.

By · Nov 26, 2020 . 5min read

AWS outage internet applications latest news

Amazon Web Service – AWS, the cloud computing infrastructure by the e-commerce giant has been experiencing glitches which are adversely affecting notable internet applications.

According to a publication by The Verge, AWS is making efforts to sort out the issues

“We continue to work towards recovery of the issue affecting the Kinesis Data Streams API in the US-EAST-1 Region,”

Amazon in their communications from the AWS Health Dashboard continued by saying

“We also continue to see an improvement in error rates for Kinesis and several affected services, but expect full recovery to still take up to a few hours.”

And by 7:42 PM ET, it appeared the company’s efforts at addressing the outage was already yielding fruits. In a further update, AWS said it was “observing steady signs of recovery” of the problem affecting the Kinesis Data Streams API in the US-EAST-1 Region.

AWS outage affected at least 23 of its geographic regions with notable internet applications affected.

From the Verge publication, some of them include 1Password, Acorns, Adobe Spark, Anchor, Autodesk, Capital Gazette, Coinbase, DataCamp, Getaround, Glassdoor, Flickr, iRobot, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pocket, RadioLab, Roku, RSS Podcasting, Tampa Bay Times, Vonage, The Washington Post, and WNYC. Downdetector.com

Any decentralized alternative to AWS?

One of the strongest selling points for the blockchain and decentralized ledger technologies is that there’s usually no single point of failure. No doubt many of the decentralized projects out there have their underlying protocols running on mainnets on the blockchain. However, their frontends still layer on popular cloud solutions like AWS. It’s recent outage bears huge concerns for application layering on it.

One of the alternatives to AWS is Storj. The latter is a decentralized cloud computing solution. Unlike AWS, Storj as at march this year boasts of 19 million gigabytes capacity. It also runs on thousands of nodes across the planet. Although it may not be a match with AWS, it’s definitely not subject to a single-point failure.

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