Microsoft’s Windows Azure Compute cloud suffers global crash

“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.]


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  1. All sorts of things crash at Microsoft. Windows, Ballmer’s career, sales of the Touch, and now their cloud services. Sounds like they’re batting a thousand. Way to go Microsoft, liking your strategy, liking it a lot. Keep up the good work.

  2. TSA swiftly shut down Azure after Ballmer uploaded his porn collection. The highly depraved and deviant Bill Gates stuff overloaded virtually every pervert detector they had.

  3. It would be fun to poke fun at Microsoft for being an unreliable version of the Big Brother that Apple parodied in 1984. however, Apple’s iCloud is even less capable and has experienced all kinds of technical issues, including many fundamental ones that 3rd party developers have brought to Apple’s attention, which render Apple’s subsription-based platform unreliable and untrustable for any critical data.

    Leaky pot, meet cracked kettle.

    ALL clouds suck. Take the effort to manage and host your own data.

  4. Hey my iPad crashes too !
    Azure is actually an amazing cloud dev platform. My company is developing some truly amazing and industry changing technologies using Azure. If they can have the uptime that Xbox Live has had they can figure out these problems too.

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