Amazon Web Services (AWS) have suffered a major breakdown which has caused many websites to miss their daily work schedules. Both Instagram and Vine went blank for an hour each, leading to their consumers to feel frustrated. The former admitted its mistake before the latter (Vine) and that too on Twitter. Several other online services also faced similar delays in functioning. The first gripes started entering Twitter in the form of tweets as early as 4 PM Eastern Time. Netflix, IFTTT, Heroku, Flipboard and Airbnb all took a downturn in their normal routine. Out of these, IFTTT still remains in a state of dormancy. And this is sad. For it shows a high degree of incompetency on the part of the staff in charge of the AWS server.
Precisely those people who were posting pictures, exchanging recipes, reading the latest news or making reservations for themselves were most affected by these lapses in functioning. They were left high and dry. The outage literally provoked an outrage. This was a normal reaction to the disrupting event. The real cause of the glitch in the system was an incidence of packet loss in the networking apparatus. Most of the issue was resolved. The last time such a massive computer failure occurred was Christmas Eve 2012. Even Amazon took a nosedive for approximately 40 minutes which cost it many dollars of wasted time. This is just an example of how we have become dependent on the Internet as a necessary tool of everyday life.
2:45 PM PDT We have identified and fixed the root cause of the connectivity issue affecting load balancers in a single availability zone. The connectivity impact has been mitigated for load balancers with back-end instances in multiple availability zones. We continue to work on load balancers that are still seeing connectivity issues.