AWS glitches hit Netflix, Tinder and other popular websites

AWS glitches hit Netflix, Tinder and other popular websites

On Sunday, glitches in Northern Virginia facility of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud system affected a number of popular website, including Netflix, Reddit and Tinder. The websites affected by the glitches also reportedly included IMDb and Amazon's Instant Video and Books websites.

According to the AWS Service Health Dashboard, the problem - which manifested itself essentially in the form of higher-than-usual error rates - was apparently a result of some issues with the AWS DynamoDB database.

However, the issues later extended to some other services like EC2, the mobile-focused Cognito service and the CloudWatch monitoring service.

In its dashboard update posted at 4:52 a.m. PDT on Sunday, AWS said that a portion of its metadata service within DynamoDB was the "root cause" of the glitches which hit several leading websites at around 3:00 a.m. PDT on Sunday. AWS elaborated that the DynamoDB portion which caused the glitch is an internal sub-service which handles table and partition information.

AWS also said in the dashboard update that the key focus of its ongoing recovery efforts is to restore metadata operations. The company managed to fix the DynamoDB issues by 8:15 a.m. PDT on Sunday, and also restored all the other services by 11.05 a.m. PDT.

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