Hundreds of websites and digital services, down due to a global server failure

Those affected include media websites such as The New York Times or the BBC, services such as Twitch or Spotify, and social networks such as Reddit.

A fault in Fastly, content distribution network (CDN), has no service or has hindered the operation of hundreds of websites and digital services, from Spotify to Twitch, through media such as The New York Times o la BBC.

The company has not yet confirmed where it is in trouble, but bug detection services such as IsDown they clearly register problems in their infrastructure. Downdetector, specialized in service failures, has detected errors, among others, in: Movistar, Github, Spotify, Vodafone, Cloudflare and Stackoverflow.

The newspaper EL MUNDO, and all the UNIDAD EDITORIAL media, have also been affected by the fall, which has left without access to some of the most visited websites in the world, such as the social network Reddit or the streaming platform Twitch. In the same way, services such as Twitter, Google or PayPal, although they have been able to continue working, have intermittent failures depending on the region from which they are accessed.

Given the current Internet infrastructure, most websites and digital services require companies like Fastly, which host large parts of the Internet in huge warehouses full of servers that respond to the constant requests from users that can be received. When these requests exceed the capacity of the servers, they do not support more and that is why sometimes some pages are not available to everyone.

And in the same way and as it is happening right now, if those servers are not available for a connection failure between the servers themselves and the users requesting access, it is impossible to access the pages in question.

Fastly’s case goes a little further, since it is a CDN, a content distribution network. Its main function is to reduce delivery times by having a multitude of computer networks connected in different parts of the world. To do this, it hosts parts of the web, such as images, links, applications and other elements that, being widely redistributed, load faster and relieve the load on the servers.

Fastly is one of the many hosting companies that exist today. It is a business that generates great income, which is why multinational companies such as Amazon or Microsoft have their own online hosting companies.

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