Disruption in Amazon’s cloud service ripples through internet


By Jeffrey Dastin

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Some web surfers on Tuesday experienced glitches on media outlets and other sites whose data is hosted by Amazon.com Inc’s <AMZN.O> popular cloud business, which Amazon said suffered a technical disruption.

The technology company’s simple storage service, known as Amazon S3, experienced “high error rates” that rippled throughout its various cloud services, Amazon said in an online posting. As of early afternoon Pacific Time, the company said several features had fully recovered, and it was working to return to normal operations.

The disruption had an immediate impact, underscoring the increasing dependency of companies on the cloud for cheap and secure data storage. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s biggest cloud business.

Apple Inc <AAPL.O> on its website reported issues with its app store, music-streaming service and other products. The iPhone-maker did not immediately comment on the cause, but it previously has said it uses Amazon S3 for some storage.