Twitter, Amazon or Spotify: a global failure leaves several websites without service

8/06/2021 – 12:25 Updated: 12:53 – 6/8/21

A global failure generated on the Internet this Tuesday is leaving many web pages without service. As important as Spotify, Twitter or Amazon, as well as global media like Financial Times o Bloomberg, the reason for the fall could respond to Fastly, a content provider that operates worldwide.

Around 12:00 (Spanish time) this Tuesday, various websites around the world have lost their signal, indicating, in different ways, that the connection fails and therefore cannot provide service to their customers. A fact that, as confirmed by the Fastly company itself responds to an error in your content distribution network (CDN), although where the problem lies has not been emphasized.

Since Reddit until Google, passing by New York Times o PayPal or even the website of the British government They are seeing their products interrupted, not being able to fully load their services. A global failure that is not new, since a few months ago an error in Facebook left many websites in different parts of the globe without activity.

On this occasion, responsibility for the distribution of Fastly content, either the failures are completely on the webs or when offering certain products at specific times. “We continue investigating the problem”, is limited to responding Fastly that has already confirmed its failure and the cause of this online stoppage this Tuesday.

What is Fastly?

Due to the global infrastructure of the Internet, almost all major travel websites need servers like Fastly that provide instant accessibility to all users who can connect at the same time. In the case of this CDN provider, its main function is to reduce information delivery times thanks to its powerful distributors that host parts of the websites such as images, links or applications.

When these servers are overloaded, due to the multitude of people trying to access a website at the same time, they stop providing fast and quality content, generating access problems. Something similar to what happened this Tuesday, although in a greater proportion and, still under investigation, has simultaneously affected several important world pages.

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