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Fastly internet outage

Date: 10 June 2021 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers

Issue

A major disruption in services of several internet websites were observed due to a problems in content delivery network (CDN) offered by American cloud Computing services provider Fastly. 

Background

Many websites depend on cloud service providers such as Fastly for giving access to their users.

 

Details

  • Major websites that crashed were Vimeo, PayPal, Amazon.com, Reddit,  Pinterest, Stack Overflow, Quora, GitHub, gov.uk, Twitch, Spotify, Hulu, HBO Max etc.

  • The error that was observed when users tried to access services was 503 error. It was indicating that browser was unable to connect to server.

 

Fastly

Fastly is a company that offers cloud computing services. It specialises in edge computing, CDN and cloud storage services among many.

 

CDN

  • Geographically distributed group of servers that work in tandem to provide fast access to Internet content are known as CDN.

  • The content will be stored close to the telecom service providers networks. CDNs currently hosts majority of internet traffic in the world.

  • They are used majorly by streaming service platforms such as Netflix that tries to store their content nearby the area where it will be consumed.

  • This will ensure that users can access the content faster. The CDNs will also help in protecting against traffic spikes and prevent distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.

  • This is not the first time CDN problem had caused inconvenience to users. Earlier cloud hosting company Cloudfare had faced similar problems.