“Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud was hit by a worldwide partial compute outage today, calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service,” Jack Clark reports for The Register.

“The problems emerged at 2.35AM UTC, and were still ongoing as of 10.20PM UTC the same day, according to the company’s service dashboard,” Clark reports. “Every single Azure region – a geographically distant and independent set of data centers – was affected, but for posterity that included: West US, West Europe, Southeast Asia, South Central US, North Europe, North Central US, East Asia, and East US.”

Clark reports, “The antithesis of cloud computing is a problem cropping up that affects all regions simultaneously, and yet this marks the second time in under a year that Microsoft has had a concurrent global fail.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Cloud computing is hard. Incompetence makes it even harder. This won’t be Microsoft’s last Blue Sky of Death.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "The Roving Skeptic" for the heads up.]