Many websites briefly went offline after an apparent widespread outage of cloud services company Fastly, and sporadic outages were still reported after the company corrected the issue an hour later.
LONDON – Several major websites were briefly disconnected on Tuesday after an apparent outage at cloud services company Fastly, and sporadic outages were still reported after the company corrected the issue around an hour later.
San Francisco-based Fastly recognized an issue just before 10:00 GMT. He has said in repeated updates to his website that he “continues to investigate the problem.”
About an hour later, the company said, “The problem has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience an increase in the original load with the return of global services.
A number of sites that were hit early appeared to be coming back online.
Some visitors trying to access CNN.com received a message saying: “Quick error: unknown domain: cnn.com. Attempts to access the Financial Times website generated a similar message while visits to the New York Times and UK government gov.uk site returned an “Error 503 Service not available” message, along with the line “Varnish cache server”, which is a technology on which Fastly is built.
Down Detector, which tracks internet outages, said: “Reports indicate there could be a widespread outage at Fastly, which could impact your service.”
Fastly describes itself as an “edge cloud platform”. It provides vital but obscure behind-the-scenes cloud computing services to many leading websites, helping them store or “cache” content on servers around the world. , allowing users to retrieve it faster and easier instead of having to access the site’s original server.