Just when I thought to myself: Cloud services must be improving as there are fewer outages reported this year than there were last year, Microsoft Azure cloud service went down for many users, including European ones, earlier this week.
Microsoft's Azure status page currently displays a chirpy:
Everything is running great.
It also displays a bright green check besides its core Azure platform components such as Active Directory, and popular cloud services including its SQL Databases, and storage services.
A snoop into its history page shows that all wasn't good aboard Azure on Monday and Tuesday. Users experiencing full service interruption and performance degradation across several services including StorSimple, storage services, website services, backup and recovery and virtual machine offerings.
For a brief moment on Tuesday, August 19th, a subset of its customers in West Europe and North Europe using Virtual Machines, SQL Database, Cloud Services, and Storage were unable to access Azure resources or perform management operations. Users accessing Azure's Website cloud services in Northern Europe too faced connectivity issues.
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Some of the services were down for almost five hours.
This week's global outage follows last week's (August 14th) Azure outage where users across multiple regions experienced full service interruption to its Visual Studio Online. The news doesn't bode well for CEO Satya Nadella's "cloud-first" strategy.
Well, I may have tempted fate. Resilience and reliability are two words I'll use sparingly to describe public cloud services.