Amazon's AWS S3 outage is breaking large swaths of the internet

"We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is impacting various AWS services".

Netflix is one of the few major websites not affected by today's Amazon Web Services outage, and the internet has never been more thankful.

S3 is Amazon's largest service, used by more than half of its million plus customers, Bartoletti said.

A huge number of online services are down after a major outage affecting Amazon Web Services, the unofficial backbone of most of the internet, occurred on Tuesday.

If your favorite website went down Tuesday, it's likely because of an issue at Amazon Web Services.

With a small error in amazon web services cloud, many sites like Quora, slack, kickstarter, etc., sites were down throughout the day. The websites that rely on this services can't get online all the same. The latest update from Canvas at 2:29 p.m. announced that as Amazon was working to restore availability in their servers, Canvas' own DevOps team was trying to expedite the process to restore access to Canvas.

Companies that have their sites hosted at Amazon are reporting of either complete disruption to their operations as the worst case scenario or have been affected only partially. The problem was centered on AWS' S3 storage system located on the nation's east coast.

Trello, a tool for project management, at 11:26 a.m. reported that it was still "investigating the issue with AWS". Infuriatingly, the status dashboard for AWS shows all green ticks at time of writing, despite what feels like a chunk of the internet going missing as a result of the downtime.

According to TheVerge, "Amazon has suffered brief outages before that have knocked offline services including Instagram, Vine, and IMDB".

Amazon has a strong track record of stability with its cloud computing service, CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman told CBS News.

  • Carolyn Briggs