Countless popular websites, including Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Stack Overflow, GitHub, gov.uk, Hulu, HBO Max, Quora, PayPal, Vimeo, Shopify, Stripe and CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC and Financial At the moment, times are facing a break. The cause is believed to be a bug in Fastly, a popular CDN provider, according to a product manager at the Financial Times. He quickly confirmed that he was facing an interruption of his status website.
“We are currently investigating the potential impact on productivity with our CDN services,” the company said.
Update at 3:50 PM PT: Some websites recover slowly. “The problem has been identified and a fix is being applied,” Quick says on his status page.
Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a key part of the Internet infrastructure. These companies manage global networks of servers to improve the performance and availability of web services. CDNs act as proxy servers and cache some data as close to the end user as possible. For example, media content is often cached on a CDN server near you so that it does not have to be retrieved to the original server each time a user loads a web page.
Although the network is a digital platform, it is very physical in nature. When you load a page on a server on the other side of the world, it will take hundreds of milliseconds to get it. Over time, this latency increases and feels like a slow experience. When a page is already cached, the CDN can usually start sending page content in less than 25 milliseconds.
Over time, CDNs have added more features, such as load balancing, DDoS protection, web application firewalls, and other security features. Popular CDNs include Fastly, Cloudflare, Amazon Web Services’ CloudFront and Akamai.
In particular, Fastly is quite popular among media websites. The company went public in 2019. Fast shares (NYSE: FSLY) are currently trading at $ 48.06, which is 5.21% less than yesterday’s closing price.
Today’s number is not limited to a data center. He quickly called it a “global CDN outage” and sounded like it was affecting the company’s network worldwide.
This is an evolving story. More to follow …