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Amazon Web Services crashes again: Unit was down for nearly two hours on its third outage this month

Amazon Web Services (AWS) crashed Wednesday morning for nearly two hours, marking the cloud service’s third outage this month.

The issues with the Amazon-owned unit began around 7:35 a.m. ET, with servers in its US-East-1 region hosted in Northern Virginia, which covers Northern Virginia, Boston, Houston and Chicago.

Hulu, Venmo, McDonalds app, Slack, and DoorDash all crashed around the same time as AWS, impacting users around the world.

The outage affected several countries, including the United States, India, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and China.

However, the AWS Status Dashboard showed the servers slowly coming back online about two hours later.

“We have now restored power to all instances and network devices in the affected data center,” AWS said on its site at 8:39 a.m. ET.

The outage affected several countries, including the United States, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and China.

Because AWS provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments, and businesses around the world, when it goes down, so do other websites that pay to use its services.

The last one hit on December 15 and lasted around two hours.

However, the first AWS outage this month, which occurred on December 7, shut down part of the internet for more than seven hours.

Today’s outage, while short-lived, highlights major issues with Amazon’s cloud computing unit.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) crashed Wednesday morning for nearly two hours, marking the cloud service's third outage this month

Amazon Web Services (AWS) crashed Wednesday morning for nearly two hours, marking the cloud service’s third outage this month

Today's outage, while short-lived, highlights major issues with Amazon's cloud computing unit

Today’s outage, while short-lived, highlights major issues with Amazon’s cloud computing unit

The official AWS Service Health Dashboard attributed the issues to power outages in a single data center, affecting one Availability Zone (USE1-AZ4) in the US-EAST-1 region.

The data center went black at 7:01 a.m. ET, causing the Northern Virginia region to go out about 30 minutes later.

At 9:13 a.m. ET, the company said it had restored power to the data center and was making progress in recovering the affected instances.

However, some users may still experience issues while updating and restoring systems.

Because AWS provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments, and businesses around the world, when it goes down, so do other websites that pay to use its services.

Because AWS provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments, and businesses around the world, when it goes down, so do other websites that pay to use its services.

The Dec. 7 outage not only took down websites, but also shut down delivery trucks and Amazon warehouses for several hours.

Three delivery service partners said an Amazon app used to communicate with delivery drivers and track packages was down.

This left the vans supposed to deliver the packages idle without any communication from the company, according to Bloomberg. It is not known how many drivers the outage affected.

Warehouse workers reported that entire Amazon facilities had been temporarily closed due to the outages and posted photos on Reddit showing what appeared to be motionless automated shelves, according to The Verge.

Hulu, Venmo, McDonalds app, Slack, and DoorDash all crashed around the same time as AWS.  However, the AWS Status Dashboard showed the servers slowly coming back online about two hours later.

Hulu, Venmo, McDonalds app, Slack, and DoorDash all crashed around the same time as AWS. However, the AWS Status Dashboard showed the servers slowly coming back online about two hours later.

Amazon employees also reported system outages from coast to coast, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana , Michigan, Arizona and other states.

The owners of two Amazon delivery companies in Minnesota and Florida have confirmed Vice motherboard their drivers couldn’t log into the Flex app, which they use to scan packages and get delivery directions.

The outage came during the company’s critical holiday shopping season and could potentially create lasting gridlock at a time when there is already a critical supply chain crisis.