Slack, Epic Games Store, and others still affected by AWS power outages

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  • Amazon Web Services experienced new power outages again, pulling down several services with it.
  • These events are actually happening more often, rendering users unable to use certain platforms.
  • The Epic Game Store, Slack, Asana, and other companies also took a hit because of this situation.
  • Servers are apparently back up, but Amazon still has a lot of maintenance work left to do to fix this.

It’s kind of pointless reminding how many people and companies sort of depend on Amazon’s Web Services and what consequences downtime can actually have.

Recently, AWS experienced problems due to a power outage, which in turn affected major services such as Slack, Imgur, and the Epic Games store for a lot of users.

And, users that work remotely and rely on Slack, might find themselves unable to view or upload images. Also, popular work management tool Asana is affected by this ongoing problem as well.

Constant AWS power problems affect multiple services

Amazon officials blamed this happening on power outages in a single data center, affecting one Availability Zone (USE1-AZ4) within the US-EAST-1 Region.

Somewhere around 9 AM ET, the company said it had restored power to the affected servers, and by 12 PM ET, it had restored underlying connectivity to the majority of the remaining systems.

But even though developers announced that everything should go back to normal, some users may still be experiencing issues as services and servers are relaunched.

The Slack official page also warned users about these ongoing problems, saying its services were experiencing issues with file uploads, message editing, and other services.

Out of all the services affected by the power outage, most are already back online, even as Amazon’s restoration continues. A Slack page tracking the connection issues marked the problem resolved around 3:13 PM ET.

Developers and companies alike are still worried about these situations, as they are starting to happen more and more often, putting the whole reliability of the provider in question.

This is actually the third time in three weeks that problems with AWS have had a significant effect on online services.

Two other incidents earlier this month involving AWS ended up knocking out a huge array of platforms and products, taking out streaming sites like Netflix and Disney Plus.

Furthermore, a lot of smart home devices such as security cameras from Ring and Wyze have not functioned correctly due to these issues.

This recent outage seems less widespread but still notable, with some users unable to access services entirely and others merely experiencing intermittent faults. 

Have you also experienced any problems with the above-mentioned services, impacted by the AWS problems? Let us know in the comments section below.

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