Dozens of websites briefly went offline around the globe Tuesday, including CNN, The New York Times, and Britain’s government home page, after an outage at the cloudBy KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer June 8, 2021, 1:31 p.m.
LONDON — Dozens of websites briefly went offline around the globe Tuesday, including CNN, The New York Times, and Britain’s government home page, after an outage at theFastly, illustrating how vital a small number of behind-the-scenes companies have become to running the internet. San Francisco-based Fastly acknowledged a problem just before 6 a.m. Eastern. About an hour later, the company said: “The issue has been identified, and a fix has been applied.” Most of the sites soon appeared to be . The sites that could not also be reached included some Amazon pages, the Financial Times, Reddit, Twitch, and The Guardian.
Fastly, meaning the outage appeared to be caused internally. Brief internet are not uncommon and are only rarely the result of hacking or other mischief. Still, significant in the U.S. dipped sharply minutes after the outage, which came a month after a cyberattack forced the shutdown of the most considerable in the U.S. Fastly is a content delivery network or CDN. It provides vital but behind-the-scenes “edge servers” to many of the web’s famous sites. These servers store, or “cache,” in places worldwide to be closer to users, allowing them to fetch it more quickly and smoothly.
Fastly says its services mean that a European user visiting an American website can get the content 200 to 500 milliseconds faster. Internet traffic measurement by Kentik showed that Fastly began to recover from the outage roughly an hour after it struck at mid-morning European time before most Americans were awake. “Looks like it is slowly coming back,” said Doug Madory, an internet infrastructure expert at Kentik. He said, “It is serious because Fastly is one of theCDNs, and this was a global outrage.” The impact of Fastly’s trouble highlights the relative fragility of the internet’s architecture, given its heavy reliance on companies — such as Amazon’s AWS cloud services — instead of a more decentralized array of companies.
“Even theexperience outages. But they can also recover fairly quickly,” Madory said. When the outage hit, some visitors trying to website turned up a similar message. At the same time, visits to The New York Times and the U.K. government’s gov. uk site Unavailable” message, along with the line “Varnish cache server,” a technology that Fastly is built on. Down Detector, which tracks internet outages, posted reports on dozens of sites going down. Frank Bajak in Boston and Zen, Soo in , contributed to this report.