Amazon outage in both the US and Canada displayed only error screens for roughly 15 minutes this afternoon when Amazon went through a power surge, the Monitor reported this Monday, Aug. 19. Although the reason for the biggest online retailer in the world going dark for a quarter of an hour remains a mystery, it cost the vendor a pretty penny.
The Amazon outage was a surprising and rare disruption for Amazon users, taking place for 15 minutes. The online retailer in fact provides Amazon Web Services to aid with overall server capacity for consumers that are intended to in fact prevent outages just like Amazon recently suffered.
Amazon.com has not offered an official statement on the Amazon outage at this point in time. The error screen was all that many of the site’s users in the US and Canada saw for several minutes, as error messages appeared when people tried logging into the buying and selling vendor.
This isn’t the only time a major site has gone dark in recent weeks, as the NY Times made headlines following the popular webpage being offline for just over two hours.
When factoring in the amount that Amazon.com makes from its sales and individual accounts, the Amazon outage is believed to have cost the site nearly $2.5 million.
Did you experience the Amazon outage and the displayed error screen? Though it’s fortunate the brief blip is over, what did you think of the website going dark?