The failure of American cloud computing company Fastly to shut down websites such as CNN, The Guardian and The New York Times was caused by a software defect used by the company. When a Fastly customer made a change, the error was triggered, causing 85% of the network to be paralyzed at once. Nick Rockwell, the company’s director of engineering, said in a blog post.
Apologize hastily. “Although there were certain circumstances that caused this outage, we should have anticipated it,” it concluded.
Fastly’s power outage was resolved after nearly an hour. Although problems were discovered relatively quickly, the outages exposed the extent to which digital infrastructure relied on a few companies. If a company like Fastly has a problem, millions of Internet users will immediately notice.
Fastly is a content delivery network or CDN company that specializes in making websites run quickly. “Only a few companies can do this because it requires a lot of money and it is difficult to do it,” Erik Bais of A2B Internet, which focuses on network infrastructure, told NOS earlier.