Last night, Internet users on the east coast of the United States were no longer able to connect to several online services, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer website or the Pokémon Go video game. A large-scale blackout due to a disruption of Amazon Web Services, the
American company's on-demand
Today, a third of the cloud computing market relies on Amazon servers.
When they no longer work, a whole section of the global internet falls with them.
This is exactly what happened Wednesday night following a failure.
The latter, however, remained confined to the eastern zone of the United States, and therefore only affected users located in this region, Amazon said.
For several hours, they were denied access to the Flickr photo-sharing site, as well as to the League of Legends video game.
Washington Post reporters were deprived of their publishing system.
Vacuum cleaner broken
This failure also had very palpable consequences, since many connected devices need to be connected to the Internet to function.
Users were thus deprived of a doorbell or vacuum cleaner.
According to downdetector.com, other services were also offline, such as the Roku streaming platform and the ancestry.com genealogy site.
The New York subway traffic information site was also inaccessible.
Amazon itself was not spared, as the Ring smart surveillance cameras and music streaming site Prime Music were also unresponsive.
This morning, Amazon said the issue is on track to be resolved, and affected services will gradually come back online.
A return to normal confirmed by Adobe, as well as Flickr.