The internet should be back to normal now.
Amazon said shortly after 4 p.m. CST that its S3 service is "fully recovered" and "operating normally."
The company hasn't explained exactly what went wrong outside of those high error rates. But anyway, all those things that maybe weren't working earlier should now be working fine.
And here's a fun video to leave you with – a speaker realizing S3 is down during a live presentation.
The updated story from Tuesday afternoon is below.
Amazon Web Services says it thinks it knows what is causing issues with the S3 cloud services that have plagued the internet Tuesday, and are "working hard" at repairing it.
Websites have been reporting problems since around 11 a.m. CST – some are back-end issues (like sites not being able to update or access certain content), while others are more visible (certain apps not working).
Web users quickly pointed to a message about reported high error rates from Amazon Web Services' S3 as the likely culprit. You can see on the status dashboard, which is now updating correctly, that there are a number of issues with services that are primarily based in Virginia.
SimilarTech says more than 148,000 websites use Amazon's S3 service in some way, including ESPN and AOL.
According to TechCrunch, Quora, GIPHY, and Business Insider are among those impacted. As is some internet of things hardware, like smart thermostats or light bulbs.
Business Insider got this story up, and says Bitmoji and the SEC are dealing with problems too.
At about 12:50 p.m. CST, Amazon Web Services said it's seeing some recovery, and expects "to start seeing improved error rates within the hour."
The original story from Tuesday afternoon is below.
Something with the internet is broken.
Late morning/early afternoon on Tuesday, people began having trouble with outages and websites not working (including us here at GoMN). And it appears linked to an Amazon server right now.
Amazon Web Services says it's having an issue with its S3 storage service – there's a high error rate with it. So any applications or sites that use that server are being impacted, and in many cases simply not working. Check out a few tweets from people feeling the outage.
Amazon Web Services says it's working on fixing the issue. (Their dashboard however shows no issues – but Amazon Web Services later tweeted the issue is making the colors on that page not change as they should.
This isn't related to the Amazon marketplace website. This is a different part of their business basically – Amazon has a whole bunch of cloud storage that companies can pay to rent space on, essentially. And a lot of websites and apps rely on those. The Guardian says Amazon Web Services brings in one-tenth of the company's revenue, and it's thought to be a huge part of the company's future.
People have been wondering why the Amazon Web Services status page doesn't show outages, even though there's a warning
Just look at the Down Detector map, which shows outages. (We would upload a photo for you, but our photo upload isn't working ... which is related to this Amazon issue.)
So if you're running into trouble online right now, know you're not the only one.
What's not working?
We don't have a comprehensive list, but here are some things we know are impacted.
- The run-tracking service Strava.
- The work chat app Slack.
- The Puget Sound Business Journal – which has a story, but can't post it because of the outage.
- The survey service Plasticity.
- The website to check if things are down, isitdownrightnow.com.
- Some Adobe product services.
We'll update this story as soon as we have more information.