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Amazon Web Services Took Down Half the Internet

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Okay, not literally half the internet, but a lot big services like Netflix, IMDB, Reddit, Tinder and much more did go down when Amazon Web Services crashed yesterday.

Amazon Web Services, AWS for short, "provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world" according to their website.

Amazon Web Services is a cloud service that powers websites and apps.  It also stores data, archives websites and processes information.  AWS last crashed in 2013, prohibiting people from sharing their lives with the world via Instagram and Vine.  That crash lasted less than an hour and was estimated to have cost Amazon over $1100 per second.  Let that sink in for a minute:  $1100.  Per second.

A server issue in Virginia took down a bunch of popular services and products in the northeastern US.  So if you weren't able to watch movies on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video or find your next date on Tinder yesterday, that's why.