An outage struck Cloudflare services on Wednesday, 2 November 2023, disrupting numerous internet functionalities.
What caused the Cloudflare outage on Wednesday, 2 November 2023?
On Thursday, Cloudflare, a major internet infrastructure provider, faced a significant outage that affected its dashboard,
API services, and several other products at both the data plane and control plane levels. The incident began impacting services in the early afternoon, with the company confirming issues at 13:18 UTC (15:18 CAT).
Cloudflare’s update on the situation revealed that the outage impacted a range of services.
Logpush, WARP/Zero Trust device posture, Magic WAN, Cloudflare dashboard, Cloudflare API, Stream API, Workers API, Alert Notification System, and Workers KV namespace operations experienced partial or complete functionality disruptions.
Additionally, the outage had a control plane impact, affecting the configurational aspects of products like Magic Transit, Argo Smart Routing, Workers KV, WAF, Rate Limiting, Rules, WARP/Zero Trust Registration, Waiting Room, Load Balancing and Healthchecks, Cloudflare Pages, Zero Trust Gateway, and DNS services.
These services continued to function at the edge, despite the inability to make configuration changes.
Cloudflare’s technical teams actively investigated the issue, focusing on restoring full functionality.
The outage had widespread repercussions, as Cloudflare’s infrastructure supports a significant portion of internet traffic, including website operations and security services.
As the downtime rolled on, Cloudflare’s communication channels kept users informed of the ongoing efforts to resolve the problem.
“We will keep providing regular updates until the issue is resolved, thank you for your patience as we work on mitigating the problem,” the cloud technology company noted.
The exact cause of the outage was not immediately disclosed, and the full extent of the impact across the internet was still being assessed.