April 23, 2024

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Amazon Web Services down in reported outages

Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of the tech giant, suffered a widespread outage on Tuesday.

The problems left engineers without access to certain tools and affected the business, although the immediate scale was not clear. The Boston Globe and New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority were among those tweeting on their websites.

Amazon referred to publicly available AWS dashboard Confirm outage. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the company said that several services had been recovered and that it continues to work to resolve the issues, which particularly affected customers using servers in Northern Virginia.

The Associated Press previously reported that its ability to publish was affected as reporters were trying to cover former President Trump’s appearance in a Miami courthouse.

tweeted Kevin Montano, a cameraman for a local NBC station in Albany, New York on Tuesday.

AWS provides cloud computing services, which allow customers to rent data storage and processing capabilities over the web rather than running their own data centers. The division also sells machine learning tools and other technologies to its customers.

Other major outages have occurred at AWS, including in 2021. The previous year, the outage crippled companies including Amazon-owned Ring security camera service, iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner app, and services from design technology firm Autodesk and the publishing systems of news outlets such as the Washington Post.

The cloud service provider’s customers include major companies like Netflix, Deloitte, and Comcast, as well as hundreds of startups and multiple government agencies. AWS generated more than $21 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2023, according to the company’s earnings release.

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Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post. Patricia Stauncifer, interim CEO and publisher, sits on Amazon’s board of directors.