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posted by martyb on Tuesday June 08, @02:39PM   Printer-friendly

Websites begin to work again after major breakage:

A major outage has affected a number of major websites including Amazon, Reddit and Twitch.

The UK government website - gov.uk - was also down as were the Financial Times, the Guardian and the New York Times.

Cloud computing provider Fastly, which underpins a lot of major websites, said it was behind the problems.

The firm said there were issues with its global content delivery network (CDN) and was implementing a fix.

In a statement, it said: "We identified a service configuration that triggered disruption across our POPs (points of presence) globally and have disabled that configuration.

"Our global network is coming back online."

[...] Fastly runs what is known as an "edge cloud", which is designed to speed up loading times for websites, as well as protect them from denial-of-service attacks and help them when traffic is peaking.

It currently looks as if the problems were localised, meaning specific locations across Europe and the US were affected.

Also at c|net


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by gtomorrow on Tuesday June 08, @03:21PM (3 children)

    by gtomorrow (2230) on Tuesday June 08, @03:21PM (#1143157) Journal

    So much for "route around damage."

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday June 08, @03:51PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday June 08, @03:51PM (#1143170) Journal

    That saying is about TCP/IP, which continued to route packets just fine. It does not apply to any random service built like a seven layer dip on top of it.

  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Tuesday June 08, @05:37PM (1 child)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Tuesday June 08, @05:37PM (#1143212) Journal

    By definition, you only can route around damage on the way to your destination, not when your destination itself is damaged.

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    The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
    • (Score: 2) by gtomorrow on Tuesday June 08, @07:47PM

      by gtomorrow (2230) on Tuesday June 08, @07:47PM (#1143257) Journal

      I beg to differ. My (hypothetical) destination was the Financial Times|the Guardian|the New York Times|other and not Fastly (what a lousy name, under any circumstance). Ergo, "not redundant enough" or else "putting all your eggs in one basket", which is truly surprising (to me) for online entities listed above, especially so for www.gov.uk.