Early Prime Day Deals Laptop Recommendations AT&T vs. Xfinity Prime Day Deals on TVs 4th of July Sales Best iPhone VPN 2023 Acura Integra Review Best Fitbits

Amazon's S3 experiences outage

Problems with online storage service causes many sites to present broken images.

Update at 8 p.m. PDT: Amazon's Service Health Dashboard reported around 5:25 p.m. PDT that U.S. and European service "has been fully restored" and that the company "will provide more detail on this event once we have completed a full investigation."

Amazon.com's Simple Storage Service--a major component of its online computing services--is apparently experiencing problems Sunday.

The e-tailer's "Service Health Dashboard" reports that the S3 service in both the United States and Europe is experiencing "elevated error rates."

The outage is causing CenterNetworks images to break, the site reports, and SmugMug reports that "a large portion of the photos and videos stored" on S3 are currently offline.

SmugMug seemed sympathetic to Amazon's woes:

Every component SmugMug has ever used, whether it's networking providers, datacenter providers, software, servers, storage, or even people, has let us down at one point or another. It's the name of the game, and our job is to handle these problems and outages as best we can.

The online storage service had its public launch in early 2006. One of the things that makes S3 attractive to start-ups and power users is that it ties in with other Amazon Web Services like the elastic computing cloud and its SimpleDB service. Using all three, start-ups can offload some of the tasks that usually required spending a large amount of money up front to do this work--saving them, and potentially their customers time and money.