It's Not Just You: Amazon AWS S3 Outage Takes Several Websites, Apps Down

In case you are a resident of the East Coast of the United States trying to access websites hosted on Amazon AWS S3, there is high chance that you may run into issues. According to Techcrunch, Amazon AWS S3 services have run into some sort of trouble, and people seem to be facing widespread issues with the service. The outage has rendered several websites partially or fully broken. Several apps based on AWS S3 have also been affected. The issue with AWS S3 was acknowledged by the Amazon Web Services Twitter handle as well in which they revealed that the service was experiencing high error rates.

The Service Health Dashboard for Amazon Web Services also confirmed the news about the increased Error Rates. A statement issued by the company at 10:33 AM PST read;
"We're continuing to work to remediate the availability issues for Amazon S3 in US-EAST-1. AWS services and customer applications depending on S3 will continue to experience high error rates as we are actively working to remediate the errors in Amazon S3."
The Twitter handle continued to post updates. A few minutes after the first tweet, a second tweet was sent out which revealed that there was something wrong with the dashboard functionality as well.This was followed up with this tweet in which they claimed that dashboard had recovered.In a more recent update, the Amazon Web Services handle tweeted;As we file this story, the latest update from the country wasAs of this writing, another update was posted by Amazon on the service health dashboard. This message read;
"Update at 11:35 AM PST: We have now repaired the ability to update the service health dashboard. The service updates are below. We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is impacting various AWS services. We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand root cause, and are working on implementing what we believe will remediate the issue."
Some of the websites that were affected by the Amazon AWS S3 downtime included include Quora, Sailthru, Business Insider, Alexa, and Giphy. Other major services affected include Trello, IFTTT, and Splitwise. Several image services were also down. Ironic as it may seem, a service to check if other websites were functional, also went down thanks to the Amazon AWS S3 outage!

This is certainly not the first time that Amazon web Services have run into issues. In the past, services like Instagram, Vine, and IMDb had all run into similar issues. Other things that were also affected by the downtime included connected light bulbs, thermostats, and other IoT hardware.

Amazon is yet to reveal the cause of this outage. We will of course update this article with Amazon's findings as and when the company decides to make them public. Were you in any way affected by this Amazon AWS S3 outage? If yes, please do share your experiences.

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