Another AWS outage is causing problems for Coinbase, Slack, and other services

Another AWS outage is causing problems for Coinbase, Slack, and other services
When AWS goes down it affects lots of internet services.mapodile/Getty Images
  • Amazon Web Services appeared to be experiencing problems early Wednesday.
  • This is the third time the cloud-computing service has experienced outages this month.

Amazon's web-hosting subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS) appeared to experience an outage early Wednesday morning, its third this month.

Outage-tracking website DownDetector indicated users started reporting problems around 7 a.m. EST.

Around the same time, an update to AWS' status page acknowledged "launch failures and connectivity issues" in one US region. At 8 a.m. EST, Amazon confirmed a "loss of power" at one of its data centers and said it was working to mitigate the issue.

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DownDetector also showed spikes in user problem reports around the same time on messenger service Slack, trading platform Coinbase, and game shopfront site Epic Games Store.

Epic Games acknowledged the outage in a tweet.


AWS hosts large parts of the internet, meaning when it experiences problems the ripple effects spread out to lots of different services.

AWS said in a status update at 9:13 a.m. EST that it had identified the problem, implemented a fix, and was "seeing recovery" across its network. DownDetector showed a gradual decrease in incident reports from roughly 7:30 a.m. EST.