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Microsoft's Azure cloud restored after suffering a major outage

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Tue Aug 19 2014, 12:21
Microsoft Azure has suffered cloud outages

MICROSOFT'S AZURE CLOUD SERVICE service has encountered partial, and in some cases complete, outages around the world.

Twitter users have reported Azure being slightly wobbly for the past few days, and then last night a number of outage reports were posted on the Azure service status webpage, including:

"17:49 UTC we are experiencing an interruption to Azure Services, may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. Customers began to experience service restoration as updates were deployed across the affected environment. Automation, Site Recovery and Backup are mitigated.

"17:49 UTC, a small subset of customers are experiencing connectivity issues to some Azure Services which may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, Hdinsight, Mobile Services, Storsimple and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. Earlier this morning, limited service interruptions were also reported for Northern European and East Asian customers."

A Microsoft spokesman later said, "All impacted Microsoft services are fully restored. For more information, customers should visit the Azure dashboard."

Earlier this year the service, previously known as Windows Azure, was renamed Microsoft Azure. The company has been looking to add Machine Learning (ML) to Azure to give it big data insight credentials to rival IBM's Watson.

At present no explanation for the problems has been forthcoming and although Microsoft is claiming that the problem has been rectified, a number of Azure based websites, including the Transport for London (TfL) website, are reported to be either still down or running slowly.

The outage couldn't have come at a worse time for Microsoft. Yesterday on its Technet blog, the company highlighted plans for modernising its data centres with a hybrid approach, delaying the "Cloud First" plans for its internal services to migrate to the Azure Cloud, suggesting that the firm doesn't have complete faith in the system's stability either.

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