Huge chunks of the Internet, including sites like Reddit, American news sites, and Amazon, went off in parts of the world when the Fastly Content Delivery Network (CDN) global network took a hit for an hour. Some of the sites MediaNama checked were back online at the time of this writing, and Fastlys Status page indicates that the problem has been resolved.

“We are currently investigating the potential impact of our CDN services on performance,” Fastly said in an update at 3:28 pm Indian time; Over the next hour, Fastly posted the same message, “We’re still investigating this issue.” Finally, at 4:27 pm, the company announced that a fix had been applied and the situation was being monitored. The company announced on Twitter that it had detected a misconfiguration that was causing the downtime.

Some websites that were hit by outages

  • Reddit
  • Spotify
  • Pull out
  • Overflow of packets
  • GitHub
  • gov.uk
  • Hulu
  • HBO max
  • Quora
  • PayPal
  • Vimeo
  • Shopify
  • Stripes
  • CNN
  • The guard
  • The New York Times
  • BBC
  • Financial Times
  • Forbes

A small selection of sites that were previously unavailable, such as the AV Club, now appear to be accessible. This kind of globally spreading downtime for large parts of the Internet is not uncommon. In 2017, Amazon Web Services had one similar incidentwhich caused a similar number of websites to go down for a few hours.

Content delivery networks, or CDNs, carry most of the world’s internet traffic by acting as a force multiplier to a server, distributing content from a single source to anywhere in the world with a sprawling network of interconnected data centers around the world. Fastly even has data centers in Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi.

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