AWS down in US, Ethereum unaffected.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced a minor outage, but it did not affect Ethereum network nodes, even though they rely heavily on Amazon’s hosting.

On June 13, the cloud service provider temporarily went down for about three hours. At 12:08 pm PDT, the company first reported that it was “investigating increased error rates and latencies” in some parts of the United States.

Many mainstream news organizations, such as the Associated Press, were affected and unable to publish articles. Ethereum advocate Evan Van Ness noticed the outage, but noted that the Ethereum network was not affected.

AWS is down Ethereum is humming along unaffected Bitcoin maxis hardest hit pic.twitter.com/9YGBXRC4CL

— Evan Van Ness (@evan_van_ness) June 13, 2023

According to Ethernodes, 64.5% of the Ethereum network relies on Amazon hosting providers.

Van Ness added that the impact may have been more significant if the outage had occurred in Europe, due to the amount of Ether (ETH) staked on Lido, which is currently around 7.1 million or 35% of the total:

“I imagine there would be some effect if AWS went down in Europe given how much of Lido is in the cloud.”

Ethereum has previously been criticized for centralization due to its reliance on infrastructure provider Infura, which provides network nodes to companies and organizations. Many of these companies, as well as the liquid staking platform Lido, rely heavily on AWS for cloud hosting services.

Related: 3 cloud providers accounting for over two-thirds of Ethereum nodes

About 20 minutes after the problem was discovered, AWS said that the root cause of the issue was related to a service called AWS Lambda, which allows customers to run code for different types of applications.

More than three hours after AWS went down, the company reported that “the issue has been resolved and all AWS Services are operating normally,” at 3.37 PM PDT.

According to hosting platform Kinsta, AWS has the dominant market share among cloud hosting providers, at 34%.

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