Amazon Web Services outage affects Adobe, Roku, Twilio, Flickr, others

Amazon Kinesis, a part of AWS' cloud offerings, collects, processes and analyzes real-time data and offers insights.

The disruption also affected the ability to post updates to its service health dashboard, the company said.

"David Brown, vice president of AWS Elastic Compute Cloud, told Business Insider's Ashley Stewart in May that it has avoided capacity issues and outages during the pandemic because it began adapting its supply chain in January in response to the health crisis". That gives failures in its services an immediate visibility that rivals like Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google sometimes don't face.

Amazon Web Services has been down for most of Wednesday.

Media organisations such as the New York Daily News, the Baltimore Sun and the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post were unable to publish stories on their websites as a result. "We also continue to see an improvement in error rates for Kinesis and several affected services, but expect full recovery to still take up to a few hours", Amazon said in the statement. On its website, Amazon said that programming software for its Kinesis Data Streams service was "severely impaired". The Verge first reported the outage.

Many apps and services took to micro-blogging site Twitter to inform customers that the AWS outage had hit their services.

"Typically what tends to happen is one service goes down" for a half hour or so, he said. "It's bigger. Things are failing internally".

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