AWS Kinesis Outage Affecting Many Organizations

Learn the causes and analysis of a major AWS Kinesis outage.

Amazon Kinesis allows us to aggregate, process, and analyze real-time streaming data to get timely insights and react quickly to the information it provides. It continuously captures gigabytes of data from hundreds of thousands of sources per second. The Kinesis service’s frontend handles authentication, throttling, and distributes workloads to its back-end “workhorse” cluster via database sharding. On November 25, 2020, the Amazon Kinesis service was disrupted in the US-East-1 (Northern Virginia) region, affecting thousands of other third-party services. The failure was significant enough to take out a large portion of Internet services.

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