Amazon Web Services suffers amid widespread issues with online applications

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MARKET PULSE Inc.’s massive cloud-computing operation reported errors with a key data-streaming platform Wednesday morning, as online applications suffered across the U.S. Amazon Web Services reported problems with its Kinesis service, which assists online services with real-time data streaming at 9:36 a.m. Eastern time. About an hour later, AWS posted a banner atop its Service Health Dashboard saying that the issue had spread to other services and that it “has also affected our ability to post updates to the Service Health Dashboard.” At 12:12 p.m. Eastern, Amazon said on the site it was “continuing to work towards resolution.” The problems stemmed from the company’s core eastern U.S. hub in northern Virginia; a problem with AWS’s S3 service at that facility in 2017 caused widespread outages for popular online services. The website, which tracks online services, reported problems from several popular offerings Wednesday morning, including the popular videogame “League of Legends,” Sirius XM satellite radio, and the Amazon-owned Ring doorbell system. At last check, Amazon shares were up nearly 2%. On the other hand, shares of both Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. which run competing cloud services Azure and GCP, respectively, were both slightly down at last check. Multiple attempts to contact Amazon for comment have yet to be returned.


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