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What caused Tuesday’s major Amazon outage?

Answer: It’s still unknown, but Amazon says they figured it out.

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The world received a stark reminder on Tuesday of just how much we all rely on Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to multiple news sources, an outage within the AWS ecosystem caused a disruption in many Internet-based services. According to DownDetector, the outages were mainly focused in the eastern U.S. but were also reported across the country and in Europe and Asia.

Reports of the outage first started rolling in at about 10:45 a.m. EST. In addition to Amazon’s own services including Ring, Alexa, Kindle and more, the outage also reportedly affected a number of popular services such as Netflix, Disney Plus, Tinder, Venmo and more. It pretty much took out whole swathes of the Internet.

As of about 1 p.m. EST things were reportedly coming back online, for the most part. Amazon noted that the problem occurred at its “US-EAST-1 Region” servers located in Virginia. Although the company did state that it had “identified the root cause,” as of Tuesday it had yet to reveal exactly what this root cause was.