Earlier this week, a four-hour outage that affected the cloud computing division of Amazon Web Services took down thousands of websites in the United States, showing how the cloud has become an integral part of the internet’s infrastructure.
Dave Bartoletti, an analyst for Forrester, estimated that the outage affected as many as 100,000 websites, as AWS is currently the leading cloud provider. Amazon has since been able to fully recover from the outage, though the reason behind the incident was not yet revealed.
Amazon Explains AWS Outage
In a post uploaded on the Amazon Web Services page, Amazon both issued an apology and explained the reason for the outage.