Amazon’s Outage Today Is Why We Couldn’t Log On To Some Platforms
If you had trouble logging into some websites and services today, it was all because Amazon suffered a huge outage bringing them to a standstill.
Earlier today, Amazon Web Services suffered a cloud computing outage that affected major websites and streaming apps, bringing online businesses to a halt and even interrupting binge-watchers on Netflix.
Thanks to Amazon's glitch, streaming apps, services, and websites such as Disney+, Alexa, Ring, Netflix, and even Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., were all offline today.
The early morning outage also affected Google, Venmo, DoorDash, Spotify, and Ticketmaster, which led to the disappointment of Adele fans attempting to purchase tickets during the first day of her presale for her upcoming concert residency in Las Vegas.
Like many other hardcore Adele fans, I pre-registered for the presale and was scheduled to try my luck at scoring tickets, but when my designated time slot came up, the link was not working. In a panic, I contacted Ticketmaster, who shared that their system was down.
Sure enough, I later received an email saying that the presale was rescheduled for tomorrow instead.
While waiting to purchase concert tickets or not being able to binge-watch your favorite series is a nuisance, it doesn't compare to others trying to conduct their daily business.
The server outage was so bad it also affected Amazon's own internal system, which wreaked havoc on deliveries causing packages to pile up, so don't be surprised if your packages arrive late.
By late afternoon, most sites were back up and running, with Amazon posting a statement on their status dashboard saying: "Many services have already recovered, however we are working towards full recovery across services."
It's moments like these that make me think about the trajectory of our technology. While the advent of tech and A.I. continues to expand, one has to wonder if surrendering so much power to computers will eventually lead to man's downfall. I guess time will tell.