3/1/17 UPDATE - Amazon has solved their problems and everything appears to be working now!

ICI/PRO uses Amazon's SC servers to "serve" our podcasts, video files and some of our images. We've used Amazon since 2009 and this is the first time they've failed us. Until they get this corrected there's nothing I can do 🙁

We're not alone - some of the biggest websites on the Internet who use Amazon are down too.

Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps

Amazon”™s S3 web-based storage service is experiencing widespread issues, leading to service that”™s either partially or fully broken on websites, apps and devices upon which it relies. The AWS offering provides hosting for images for a lot of sites, and also hosts entire websites, and app backends including Nest.

The S3 outage is due to “high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1,” according to Amazon”™s AWS service health dashboard, which is where the company also says it”™s working on “remediating the issue,” without initially revealing any further details.

Affected websites and services include Quora, newsletter provider Sailthru, Business Insider, Giphy, image hosting at a number of publisher websites, filesharing in Slack, and many more. Connected lightbulbs, thermostats and other IoT hardware is also being impacted, with many unable to control these devices as a result of the outage.

Amazon S3 is used by around 148,213 websites, and 121,761 unique domains, according to data tracked by SimilarTech, and its popularity as a content host concentrates specifically in the U.S. It”™s used by 0.8 percent of the top 1 million websites, which is actually quite a bit smaller than CloudFlare, which is used by 6.2 percent of the top 1 million websites globally — and yet it”™s still having this much of an effect.

Amazon”™s web servers are down and it”™s causing trouble across the internet

Amazon”™s web hosting services are among the most widely used out there, which means that when Amazon”™s servers goes down, a lot of things go down with them. That appears to be happening today, with Amazon reporting “high error rates” in one region of its S3 web services, and a number of services going offline because of it.

Trello, Quora, IFTTT, and Splitwise all appear to be offline, as are websites built with the site-creation service Wix; GroupMe seems to be unable to load assets (The Verge”™s own image system, which relies on Amazon, is also down); and Alexa is struggling to stay online, too. Nest”™s app was unable to connect to thermostats and other devices for a period of time as well.

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