Amazon, Reddit, Twitter and Twitch impacted by huge network outage2021-06-08 18:22 by Daniela
Tags: outage, Fastly
Many of the world's biggest websites including Reddit, Amazon, Twitch, CNN, The New York Times, BBC, PayPal, HBO Max, Hulu, PayPal, even the UK government's website appeared to be experiencing outages on Tuesday morning at around 10:50 a.m. BST / 5:50 a.m. ET. While some were completely down with 503 errors, only images are affected on certain sites like Twitter and Amazon.
The problem was reportedly arising from performance issues with Fastly, an American cloud computing services provider. In a service status update at 10:58 a.m. BST, the company said, "We're currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services." At 11:57 a.m. BST, Fastly reported, "The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return."
Fastly said it had identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across its servers. The company has disabled that configuration.
The fault shows the reliance that the most popular pages on the internet have on a few big technology firms to help them distribute content and host users. Fastly's technology is one of a handful that act as a high-level website and application hosting service that large enterprises use to serve content to millions of users simultaneously.
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