Tuesday, June 8th 2021

CDN Outage Takes Out Vast Chunks of the Internet: Reddit, Twitch, Pinterest, and More

An outage with a major CDN (content distribution network) service, Fastly CDN, has caused service disruptions with major social media websites. These include Reddit, Twitch, Pinterest, GitHub, and leading online publications that include The New York Times, and The Guardian. The uptime check status on the Fastly website describes a "Global CDN Disruption" first identified at 09:58 hrs UTC, today (June 8). As of 10:44 hrs UTC, the service stated that the cause of the disruption has been identified, and a a fix is being implemented. Sites depending on the service are slowly beginning to come back up.
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18 Comments on CDN Outage Takes Out Vast Chunks of the Internet: Reddit, Twitch, Pinterest, and More

#1
XiGMAKiD
Shortage this outage that, tech news is getting stale
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#2
Khonjel
The time is accurate with when I couldn't access Reddit. Thought maybe the govt. blocked it again or sth and went to nap. Woke up and saw this news.
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#3
Chrispy_
My timing was spectacularly bad here as I happened to be making corporate firewall policy changes at the time and was absolutely conviced I'd done something wrong for about half an hour this morning :|
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#4
lexluthermiester
What a shock, as centralized system goes down and the net goes down with it... Is this not an example of why it's a good idea to keep things served by a website on the host server for that website? I think yes..
Chrispy_
My timing was spectacularly bad here as I happened to be making corporate firewall policy changes at the time and was absolutely conviced I'd done something wrong for about half an hour this morning :|
I'll bet THAT sucked!
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Chrispy_
lexluthermiester
What a shock, as centralized system goes down and the net goes down with it... Is this not an example of why it's a good idea to keep things served by a website on the host server for that website? I think yes..


I'll bet THAT sucked!
I wasn't that worried, I'm only human and humans make mistakes occasionally :)

Even if it was something I'd caused, downtime from my mistakes are far less impactful than the relatively frequent outages for paid services from multi-billion-dollar big names like Microsoft, Amazon, Google. All of those have atrocious uptime that isn't anywhere close to the four-nines SLA they promise (and four-nines SLA is hardly an achievement to brag about in the first place!) Microsoft in particular seem to have multiple hour(s) long service interruptions every year, I'd be amazed if they even made three-nines uptime in the five years or so we've been using O365. Meanwhile, in the decade of running a pair of exchange servers myself, I don't recall a single minute of downtime that wasn't planned.
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#8
Solaris17
Dainty Moderator
Caring1
Ransomware attack?
lol I doubt it. I love how when social media gets affected its news, but I dont think any tech/gaming sites reported when cloudflare/akamai had issues last year which took down much larger portions of the internet as they are MUCH larger CDN providers than fastly in both agg bandwidth and actual global network presence.
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#9
efikkan
lexluthermiester
What a shock, as centralized system goes down and the net goes down with it...
Let's put all our eggs in one basket. What could go wrong?
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#10
dir_d
Chrispy_
My timing was spectacularly bad here as I happened to be making corporate firewall policy changes at the time and was absolutely conviced I'd done something wrong for about half an hour this morning :|
Been there, then you get feeling in the pit in your stomach like you really f'ed up because you forgot to make a backup of the config 1st, LOL
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#11
Chrispy_
efikkan
Let's put all our eggs in one basket. What could go wrong?
CDNs are supposed to be the opposite of "one basket" :D
Someone somewhere screwed up!
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#12
MentalAcetylide
efikkan
Let's put all our eggs in one basket. What could go wrong?
Well, people wanted "convenience" regardless of the potential inconveniences that can and will pop up. They will never learn... :shadedshu:
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#13
R-T-B
Qanon went nuts believing "the storm" was starting.

If it was, lol, I slept through it.
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#14
lexluthermiester
efikkan
Let's put all our eggs in one basket. What could go wrong?
From a practical point of view, no matter how you do it, if you have an outage of just one component of a site the whole site is affected. In the case of websites it doesn't matter if you keep everything in one central place or spread it about. The problem with a CDN(content distribution network) is that if it goes down, many a website go down with it, not just one. Using a CDN is cheap but has risks like this outage..
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#15
mechtech
Chrispy_
My timing was spectacularly bad here as I happened to be making corporate firewall policy changes at the time and was absolutely conviced I'd done something wrong for about half an hour this morning :|
lol

Don't feel bad, I thought a router FW update made things wonky.
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#16
DeathtoGnomes
other than github, maybe reddit, the rest can stay down. :D
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#17
lexluthermiester
DeathtoGnomes
maybe reddit
Screw reddit! Let that crap-show mess stay down...
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#18
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
They just sent Kyle over to unplug it and plug it back in.

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