(ANTIMEDIA) Having trouble getting to some of your favorite web pages? You’re not alone. Errors at the headquarters of internet giant Amazon may be to blame. A series of “increased error rates” in the Amazon Web Services are plaguing some of the largest websites with lost information, 503 errors and failed requests, leading to outages along the East Coast.
The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a cloud storage service used by well-known websites and services such as Netflix, Imgur, Reddit and more. According to Amazon’s website:
“Amazon Simple Storage Service is storage for the internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
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“Amazon S3 has a simple web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.”
Amazon released an update via Twitter around 12 P.M. PST, stating they have apparently identified the reason for the series of crippling errors, but have yet to disclose it, stating:
“For S3, we believe we understand the root cause and are working hard at repairing. Future updates across all services will be on dashboard.”