If you’re having trouble accessing several parts of the Web today, it’s because Amazon Web Services is having a bit of a glitch this morning.
A server issue in Virginia is affecting most of the northeast, disrupting the infrastructure for many popular products and services including Netflix, Product Hunt, Medium, SocialFlow, Buffer, GroupMe, Pocket, Viber Amazon Echo and more. The outage occurred around 6 AM ET.
Amazon DynamoDB goes down. Takes down Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Nest, Medium, Mediacom, IMDB, and 21 other AWS services. Ouch.
— Adrian Jimenez (@AdrianJimenez) September 20, 2015
At The Next Web, we use SocialFlow as our tool to send out tweets with shortened URL and our other scheduled social media posts. As many users have noted, clicking the links on our Twitter stream or Facebook Timeline today leads to a 503 error page.
It’s certainly not the first time AWS has taken much of the Internet out with it. In 2013, AWS suffered a similar outage that took services like Instagram, Airbnb and Vine offline. According to Buzzfeed, that’s a loss of about $1,100 per second for Amazon.
Update 11:53 AM ET: Most services seem to be returning to normal, but you should probably stay outside and get in that supply of O2.