Briefing

Amazon Web Services outage causes trouble for tech companies

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Amazon said it is “working toward resolution” as its AWS cloud computing operation experienced errors that caused issues for some cloud software programs in the eastern U.S. Companies including Roku, Flickr, and Anchor have experienced problems as a result. (The Wall Street Journal, The Verge)

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Talking point: Several businesses used social media to warn customers about problems related to the outage. The latest updates on the outage can be found here. The COVID-19 pandemic has made cloud computing services more essential with the widespread shift to working from home. Amazon has been among the companies—along with the likes of Google, Microsoft and IBM—fighting for cloud dominance in Canada, where the International Data Corporation estimated half of the country’s enterprises will be hosted on hybrid cloud and multicloud platforms by 2024.