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Microsoft Azure Problems Create Ripple of Outages

Recent problems with the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, which allows customers to store and manage data remotely, took down several third-party sites on 18 November 2014. The problems were global in scope, affecting MSN.com, the Microsoft Office 365 suite, Sharepoint, email, and Xbox Live services. Customers—including social media activity tracking firm SocialSafe and Dutch healthcare organization Viva Zorggroep—reported problems with their websites and were not able to access storage or analytic tools. Some observers expect the issue may undermine Azure’s attempts to compete with rivals such as Amazon Web Services, particularly as Microsoft says Azure offers a 99.9 percent availability. No details about the origin of the problem were offered once service was restored. (BBC)(Gigaom)(Reuters @ The Economic Times)

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