Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered a minor outage but there was no impact on Ethereum network nodes which largely rely on Amazon’s hosting.
On June 13, the cloud service provider went down temporarily for around three hours. At 12:08 PM PDT, the company first reported it was “investigating increased error rates and latencies” in parts of the United States.
Many mainstream news organizations such as the Associated Press were affected and unable to publish articles.
Ethereum advocate Evan Van Ness observed the outage noting that the Ethereum network was not affected.
AWS is down
Ethereum is humming along unaffected
Bitcoin maxis hardest hit pic.twitter.com/9YGBXRC4CL
— Evan Van Ness (@evan_van_ness) June 13, 2023
“I imagine there would be some effect if AWS went down in Europe given how much of Lido is in the cloud.”
Ethereum has previously been criticized for centralization due to its reliance on infrastructure provider Infura which provides network nodes to companies and organizations. Many of these companies, and liquid staking platform Lido, rely heavily on AWS for cloud hosting services
Around 20 minutes after the discovery of the problem AWS said the root cause of the issue was connected to a service called AWS Lambda, which lets customers run code for different types of applications.
Over three hours after AWS went down the company reported that “the issue has been resolved and all AWS Services are operating normally,” at 3.37 PM PDT.
According to hosting platform Kinsta, among cloud hosting providers, AWS has the dominant market share of 34%.