Amazon server outage hits huge companies

AMAZON'S giant servers crashed today causing chaos for millions of companies that use the cloud service and affected everything from larger web sites to people's smarthomes and even library catalogues.

Amazon reported problems early this morning with the S3 storage system in Virginia.

Rather than call it an outage, Amazon said it was experiencing "increased error rates" for the service.

The result is that a long list of major websites including Medium and the Harvard Business Review went offline and other sites, including Yahoo, experiencing problems.

Netflix, which also uses Amazon servers, reported problems this morning with its email system.

Apple's Cloud services also suffered performance issues this morning believed to be linked to the Amazon outage.

The outage cause massive problems for many internet of Things services, from thermostats to smart light bulbs, with Nest including one of the companies affected.

"We've identified the issue as high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is also impacting applications and services dependent on S3. We are actively working on remediating the issue," Amazon said.

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