AWS went down in the US, but Ethereum kept humming

Despite a minor outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Ethereum network nodes that largely depend on Amazon’s hosting were not affected.

At 12:08 PM PDT on June 13, the cloud service provider reported that they were looking into a rise in error rates and delays in some areas of the United States, and shortly after, the service was temporarily unavailable for about three hours.

The Associated Press and other major news outlets were impacted and unable to produce stories.

Evan Van Ness, a proponent of Ethereum, noted the outage and remarked that the Ethereum network was unaffected.

Ethernodes reports that approximately two-thirds of the Ethereum network is dependent on Amazon hosting services.

Van Ness noted that the effect of the outage could have been more pronounced if it had occurred in Europe, given the 7.1 million Ether (ETH) staked on Lido, which is currently around 35% of the total.

Ethereum has been the subject of criticism in the past for its dependence on Infura, an infrastructure provider that furnishes network nodes to various companies and organizations. Many of these companies, as well as the liquid staking platform Lido, are heavily reliant on Amazon Web Services for their cloud hosting needs.

Three cloud providers account for more than two-thirds of Ethereum nodes.

Approximately 20 minutes after the issue was reported, AWS declared that the root cause was related to a service known as AWS Lambda, which allows customers to execute code for various types of applications.

At 3.37 PM PDT, the company announced that the issue with AWS had been resolved and all services were running as normal.

Kinsta, a hosting platform, states that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has the largest share of the cloud hosting market, at 34%.

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