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Outage at cloud service company causes major websites to go down

Fastly, a global content delivery network, reported outages early Tuesday morning.
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An outage at a cloud service company resulted in major websites worldwide going dark Tuesday morning.

Fastly, an online content delivery network (CND), provides cloud services to major websites including the New York Times, CNN, Reddit and Twitch, and reported outages starting early Tuesday morning.

“We're currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” an update from Fastly wrote.

The outages meant websites including The New York Times, Amazon, Twitch, Reddit, the Guardian and the United Kingdom’s government website all went down temporarily, according to the Associated Press.

Fastly continued to investigate the incident until around 5:45 a.m., when the company stated that a fix had been implemented.

By around 7:45 a.m., Fasty reported that all services had been recovered, though some customers may still experience slower loading times.

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Fastly works by offering websites a "cache" service that allows content to be accesses quickly around the globe.

Copies of data, or "caches" are kept in data centers around the world with the help of companies like Fastly. When that data is requested, having it housed nearby results in faster service times for the customers accessing it, according to Fastly.

“This means that a European user going to an American site gets their content anywhere from 200-500 [milliseconds] faster,” Fastly says on its website. 

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