Over the years, Amazon’s internet infrastructure service, dubbed the Amazon Web Services, has become the backbone of many online services and applications. Hence, a small outage has a massive effect on the services attached to the platform.
The core provider of internet infrastructure services went through a major outage yesterday, and since then, its spotty uptime has caused significant issues to thousands of services. Almost all major cloud-based software apps that rely on AWS for their backend are currently impacted, from Adobe Spark to Roku and from Flickr to Autodesk. Other impacted services also include smart devices that cannot access their private cloud, cryptocurrency portals, and streaming and podcast services.
Most of these services are announcing an outage via Twitter. At the same time, users have taken to DownDetector to report an outage on services like Ring, Prime Music, Pokemon Go, Roku, MeetUp.com, League of Legends, Anchestry.com, Chime, and others.
— Zac Prince (@BlockFiZac) November 25, 2020
We believe that the issue is related to the current AWS outage. Our teams are continuing to work to confirm the cause and find a resolution as soon as possible.
— ConnectWise (@ConnectWise) November 25, 2020
An Amazon AWS outage is currently impacting Adobe Spark so you may be having issues accessing/editing your projects. We are actively working with AWS and will report when the issue has subsided. https://t.co/uoHPf44HjL for current Spark status. We apologize for any inconvenience!
— Adobe Creative Cloud Express (prev. Adobe Spark) (@AdobeCCExpress) November 25, 2020
Unfortunately, a full recovery might still be a few hours away.
While addressing the issue, Amazon said,
We continue to work towards recovery of the issue affecting the Kinesis Data Streams API in the US-EAST-1 Region. 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.
Around 4 hours after the outage, Amazon updated AWS’s dashboard, saying that it was “observing steady signs of recovery” of the problem affecting the Kinesis Data Streams API in the US-EAST-1 Region.
The company has still not given a definite answer about when the service will be fully back online.