The Reddit servers are down at the moment and the internet doesn't know what to think. This isn't the only website to go down, but no one quite knows what's going on. Here's the latest on the situation.
LATEST - Is Fastly The Issue?
A number of sources are suggesting that Fastly, a popular CDN (Content Distribution Network) used by a number of the world's largest sites, is at the heart of the internet's server issues at the moment.
"A content distribution network is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centres. The goal is to provide high availability and performance by distributing the service spatially relative to end-users."
Essentially, Fastly utilises local servers to offer global audiences higher quality and higher speed when it comes to accessing websites. As Reddit is one of the largest sites out there, with a global audience, they have been using this service to offer a better connection to their servers for users around the world.
Reddit Servers Down
Yes, you read that right. Reddit, called the "homepage of the internet" by many, is down. Does that mean the internet is down? Well, it certainly feels like it.
Reddit, Amazon, the UK's Governmental website, and the New York Times are just some of the websites affected. The Independent, who first tweeted about the issues (as seen below) is also down.
It appears that there are issues with vital infrastructure that underpins many of the world's largest websites. We are also seeing a few issues with our own website.
The Independent believe that the issues are stemming from issues with Fastly, a cloud-based computing company that provide key services to a number of websites in a number of ways.