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Amazon Web Services outage impacts thousands of users, online services: What to know

Amazon Web Services experienced a widespread outage on Tuesday, impacting thousands of users on different websites and streaming platforms. AWS provides cloud computing services to many governments, universities and companies. The outage impacted Amazon’s ability to give regular updates while it addressed the problem. "We are seeing the impact to...
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The Verge

An Amazon server outage caused problems for Alexa, Ring, Disney Plus, and deliveries

Problems with some Amazon Web Services cloud servers are causing slow loading or failures for significant chunks of the internet. Amazon’s widespread network of data centers powers many of the things you interact with online, including this website, so as we’ve seen in previous AWS outage incidents, any problem has massive rippling effects. People started noticing problems at around 10:45AM ET, and just after 6PM ET the AWS Status showed “Many services have already recovered, however we are working towards full recovery across services.”
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Inc.com

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels Explains Why the Cloud Is About to Get Faster

Moving data to and from the cloud is about to get incrementally faster. Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels announced on Thursday that AWS is expanding its number of physical data centers around the world in order to speed up data transfer for users. The announcement came during Vogels's keynote at AWS re:Invent, a conference for business owners and other technical decision-makers hosted by Amazon Web Services in Las Vegas.
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Detroit News

Amazon packages pile up after AWS outage spawns delivery havoc

An Amazon Web Services outage is wreaking havoc on the e-commerce giant’s delivery operation, preventing drivers from getting routes or packages and shutting down communication between Amazon and the thousands of drivers it relies on, according to four people familiar with the situation. Three delivery service partners said an...
CNET

AWS outage threw a wrench in Amazon warehouse operations, took down websites

Amazon said it's resolved network issues that led to an outage that took down multiple major websites and apps for some people on Tuesday. Amazon workers also reported in social media posts that the company's warehouses were at a standstill on Tuesday while the company struggled to resolve an Amazon Web Services outage, leaving workers without much to do but hang around or, apparently, sing karaoke.
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Investopedia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outage Causes Chaos

An outage in Amazon Web Services (AWS)—the cloud computing unit of Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)—caused a raft of backlogs at the e-commerce giant's warehouses Tuesday, Dec. 7, and took down popular websites and apps, including Google, Disney Plus, Venmo, DoorDash, Inc. (DASH), Spotify Technology S.A. (SPOT), Slack, and app-based trading firm Robinhood Markets, Inc. (HOOD).
TechRepublic

Amazon Web Services (AWS): A cheat sheet

This comprehensive guide about AWS covers the expansive cloud services offered by Amazon, common use cases and technical limitations and what to know when adopting this technology. The rise of cloud computing provides businesses the ability to quickly provision computing resources without the costly and laborious task of building data...
TechCrunch

AWS opens ‘top secret’ western region for US government customers

“AWS Top Secret-West is accredited to operate workloads at the Top Secret U.S. security classification level. The new Region adds multiple Availability Zones geographically separated from AWS Top Secret-East,” Amazon’s Max Peterson wrote in a company blog post announcing the new region. The company, which is experiencing an outage today...
geekwire.com

AWS and Washington state launch cloud training, but educators have big questions about rollout

Amazon Web Services and Washington state officials this week announced a new partnership to provide cloud computing education for high school students. AWS, the market-leading public cloud provider, aims to train and certify 2,500 Washington students within the next three years. The ambitious initiative hopes to have teachers offering instruction...
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InformationWeek

AWS CTO Vogels on Cloud Eliminating Constraints on Innovation

In years prior, AWS CTO Werner Vogels somewhat jokingly said he would “fix the speed of light” as the new world of cloud removed constraints in compute. During his keynote at the 2021 re:Invent conference, he said that task remained on his to-do list, but there were more immediate possibilities within reach.
Computerworld

New Goldman Sachs-AWS data service points to a larger banking trend

Goldman Sachs, through a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched a financial data management and analytics service to help clients crunch data to extract business value. The announcement is part of a larger trend where key players in vertical industries — in this case, financial services — partner...
Forbes

A Major Outage At AWS Has Caused Chaos At Amazon’s Own Operations, Highlighting Cloud Computing Risks

Updated at 8.07 pm ET to include a statement from an Amazon spokesperson and at 8.30pm ET to include AWS statement re resolving network device issues. A lengthy outage at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing arm of Amazon, caused chaos on Tuesday for millions of users and companies along the U.S. East Coast. The mega glitch affected access to a wide range of services, including shows on Netflix and Disney+, web services from airlines such as Delta and Southwest, and payments businesses such as Venmo.
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channelfutures.com

Sandy Carter ‘Extremely Sad and Excited’ to Leave AWS

Sandy Carter is exiting Amazon Web Services after nearly five years there. As Channel Futures reported last month, Carter, head of the public sector group at the world’s largest cloud computing provider, has decided to depart. Some may find the timing interesting — Carter leaves as Ruba Borno enters as global channel chief. We look into whether the changes are connected.
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