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The problems Feb. 28 caused more than 150,000 websites and apps to become unavailable, while others indicated broken links and images. (Image courtesy: Google)

Amazon: Single Typo Which Turned Some Of Biggest Websites Down

Couple of days ago hundreds of services and websites were went down briefly. Downtime associated with the websites wasn’t a minor one.

Sites and services fell seemingly like pack of cards. This outage was because of a glitch in Amazon’s servers which are used by thousands of websites.

Company has now investigated the issue and has blamed it on a sort of typo which was very insignificant glitch. Yet it was enough to leave the web reeling.

The site most poeple use to monitor websites that were down, called downdetector.com. (Source: Andrew ZC - Twitter)
The site most poeple use to monitor websites that were down, called downdetector.com. (Source: Andrew ZC – Twitter)

Clarification of the Event:

According to Amazon problem happened on 28th February.

Company in a frank and detailed note said that an authorized S3 team member by using an established playbook has executed a command.

This command was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems. Servers were used by the S3 billing process.

Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers were removed than intended. This detailed web note was concerning the Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the customers.

This has created a havoc for the services which are relying over Amazon’s cloud servers. Even Apple’s services were affected.

Among affected list was also the status console which Amazon has for AWS services. As a result of that company couldn’t even do a proper update over what’s going on with the services.

Amazon says that lessons have been learnt from this.

Amazon: Precautions for Future

Result of such changes are that in future a typo will not be bringing down the internet. Amazon adds, “This will prevent an incorrect input from triggering a similar event in the future.”

Yet the internet seems to be vast and limitless. Reality says that its infrastructure is dominated by some of the key companies. Some of the research group says that AWS is owning 40 percent of the cloud computing market.

Even there are companies like Cloudflare and Akamai which is providing web infrastructure and are further used by thousands of websites. When any of these services are affected they will also hit all websites and web services which are relying over them.

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