In addition to selling you DVDs and pants and five-pound bags of gummy bears, Amazon also happens to run the internet. Not the whole internet, mind you, but a significant portion, thanks to its web-hosting service (on which a number of the websites that make up the internet we know and feel ambivalent about today reside). Today, a pillar of that service, a storage option known as Amazon S3, went down … and a lot of the web went with it.
The outage means that certain sites have not been able to deliver specific assets of a webpage, or an entire webpage altogether, as a result of the interruption. If your favorite site isn’t loading at the moment, or it’s acting sluggish, that’s probably why.
Even Amazon employees themselves can’t get in. At a demonstration to developers in Chicago this afternoon, a speaker reportedly spoke of the service’s steadfast reliability right before getting shut out of the system.
As the great poets once said, “Whoooooooops!”