Internet Security News & Views

Microsoft Azure Cloud Service Outages

Unreliability of Microsoft Azure calls for third party products and services to supplement Office 365

Instability in Azure has been causing some major down time for Microsoft’s Cloud customers, including Office 365 users.  According to Microsoft Azures website in the last week “We are experiencing a connectivity issue across multiple Azure Services”, “Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting access to some Microsoft services.  A spokesperson has said “We are working to restore full access to these services as quickly as possible.” The outages are also causing problems for the many customers relying on Azure to host websites. This includes Microsoft itself, whose MSN.com site was inaccessible last Tuesday.

Outages have been an ongoing problem since August.  The Microsoft Azure status update website shows a history of outages dating back months. http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/status/#history

Azure outages are a serious problem for Microsoft as they try to sell its cloud-computing service as a cost-effective and reliable solution. Experience shows that you can’t rely on their service alone. This is why it is crucial for businesses to have a back-up system in place.

Enhancing Office 365

There are two major issues at play with Microsoft’s Cloud Services:

  1. Problems with outages and downtime
  2. No one solution can meet the requirements of all customers

Office 365 is reasonably reliable, and Microsoft is working hard to combat down time and outages. Hopefully the platform will achieve the stability required for a serious business solution soon.

Microsoft Office 365 is a good solution that offers a wide range of capabilities, the features and functions meet the needs of a wide range of potential customers.  But like most mass-market solutions, not all needs will be met for all customers.

Office 365 customers may need third party products and services to supplement the features and functionalities of the platform.

Further articles about Azure outages here:

http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2382347/microsoft-azure-suffers-huge-outage-affecting-websites-and-office-365

http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/300074860/microsoft-working-to-restore-azure-services-across-global-network.htm

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-microsoft-web-idUSKCN0J309E20141119

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/status/#current

The Omniquad Team

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