Cloud Down: Windows Azure Goes Offline in Europe

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Key cloud computing platform Windows Azure from Microsoft was apparently dealt a blow of downtime this morning in Europe. According to a report from Data Center Knowledge, Microsoft reported the issue via Azure’s health dashboard, saying, “We are experiencing an availability issue in the West Europe sub-region, which impacts access to hosted services in this region.”

The downtime follows a similar incident occurring in February when Microsoft blamed a “cert issue” as the key cause. That issue was due to a leap year bug that caused similar problems for services by other companies.

The same report from Data Center Knowledge noted that Microsoft actively maintains key data center locations in European cities including Dublin and Amsterdam. The downtime reportedly started at 7 AM eastern time.

As of 11:30 AM central standard time, viewing the Windows Azure Service Dashboard showed all services to be operating normally once again. Windows Azure isn’t the only cloud service to face critical downtime. Rival Amazon Web Services has had its fair share of issue as well. Most recently, a storm in the Virginia, U.S. area caused lost power, knocking services relying on the platform such as Instagram, Netflix and Pinterest offline.

The cloud platform from Microsoft covers areas including data, virtual machines, websites, SQL databases, CDN and more.