Several high-profile websites and services sites, such as Quora, a Q&A forum, and Trello, were knocked offline by a failure at Amazon Web Services (AWS).
AWS allows companies to rent cloud servers in order to host data on the internet without needing to invest in their own infrastructure.
On February 28, the sites which help people monitor productivity, went down.
It did not make public the reason behind the disruption.
As well as sites that went down, other services, such as workplace collaboration tool Slack, also lost some key functionality.
Specifically, it was AWS’s S3 – which stands for Simple Storage Service – that was affected.
To varying degrees it serves around 150,000 sites and services around the world, mostly in the US.
AWS is used by some of the web’s most recognizable and powerful names including Netflix, Spotify and Airbnb. While none of those services went offline on February 28, users did report performance issues and slowdown.
US government services such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) were also affected.
Downtime is a critical issue for any cloud service. Amazon competes with Google, Microsoft and others for what is an increasingly lucrative line of business for the web giants.