As an internet user, you have probably noticed some recent issues with popular websites like Pinterest and Gizmodo. Even Down Detector itself went down during the chaos. The problem originated with Amazon Web Services and the effects were pretty intense. Today we’re going to be talking about what happened and what this sort of event means for the internet at large. Let’s take a look.
So, how did Amazon break the internet?
Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is a cloud service platform that hosts the back-ends of many important and influential web sites. Things like Slack, Quora, The Huffington Post, and Yahoo, to name a few, went down or had very limited capabilities. The issue originated with a glitch within the AWS code within one of their datacenters in Northern Virginia. Though these outages may be reminiscent of the DDoS attack back in October 2016, the causes were unrelated. This was a problem that happened without outside interference. However, it brings to mind some interesting thoughts about the nature of the internet as a whole.
What does Amazon’s glitch mean for the internet at large?
At the end of the day, this wasn’t too big a deal. Amazon got the problem resolved within 24 hours and all is well again. Glitches and errors happen, right? Yes, of course they do. We can’t expect any system to function at 100% without any problems. However, the world at large seems to panic when big websites go down even for a few minutes. The other important thing to note about this outage is that it calls into question the stability of the internet at large. If you think about it, control of the internet boils down to only a few big corporations. It’s hard to say whether this is good or bad, but we certainly have a lot of eggs in only a few baskets.
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