Ethereum enthusiast Evan Van Ness claims Ethereum would be more affected if the outage would have happened in Europe.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), a widely utilized cloud hosting provider, experienced a minor disruption, but the Ethereum network remained unharmed.
The unexpected occurrence of this brief outage throws light on the robustness of the Ethereum network amid potential cloud hosting interruptions.
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AWS witnessed approximately three hours of downtime on June 13th, initially acknowledging an "investigation into increased error rates and latencies" across parts of the United States at 12:08 PM PDT.
The hiccup in service affected prominent news outlets such as the Associated Press, which found themselves unable to publish articles during this timeframe.
However, Ethereum, a significant user of Amazon's hosting, seemed to ride out the AWS outage without impact.
Evan Van Ness, an Ethereum enthusiast, pointed out this resilience in the face of potential disruption. It is worth noting that around 64.5% of the Ethereum network depends on Amazon hosting services, according to Ethernodes data.
Van Ness further speculated about the potential implications had the AWS service interruption happened in Europe, considering the value of staked Ether (ETH) on Lido - about 7.1 million or 35% of the total.
I imagine there would be some effect if AWS went down in Europe given how much of Lido is in the cloud.
Previously, Ethereum has faced scrutiny for perceived centralization, given its heavy dependence on Infura, a key infrastructure provider. Infura facilitates network nodes for various companies and organizations, and many of these entities, including the liquid staking platform Lido, are heavily reliant on AWS.
Roughly 20 minutes post the issue's identification, AWS linked the problem to AWS Lambda, a service enabling customers to run code for diverse applications. After a span of three hours, AWS reported that the issue was resolved, and all its services were back to normal at 3:37 PM PDT.
With a dominant market share of 34% among cloud hosting providers, as reported by Kinsta, the smooth functioning of AWS is essential to many services. The brief outage underscores the potential vulnerabilities of reliance on centralized infrastructure, yet Ethereum's ability to weather this disruption showcases the resilience of decentralized networks in this regard.