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Some Microsoft Azure issues stretch into a second day, as Active Directory and Office 365 stabilize

A collection of failures at Microsoft’s San Antonio knowledge facilities continued to trigger issues for some prospects stretching into the second day again from the vacation weekend, though it looks as if the worst is over.

Azure’s standing web page continues to warn of potential issues with practically every part run out of its South Central US cloud area, which was knocked offline Tuesday after an overnight lightning strike interrupted energy to the ability’s cooling programs. The corporate was compelled to close down programs to forestall injury from overheating, and it’s taking a very long time to revive a few of the storage providers related to that area.

The excellent news (relying in your outlook) is that Active Directory and Visible Studio Staff Providers are working once more in areas outdoors the South Central US, permitting software program builders utilizing these providers to get again to their jobs. Visible Studio Staff Providers, a cloud-based growth setting that is a vital cog within the software program growth course of, stays sluggish and sporadically unavailable out of the South Central US knowledge middle, according to that division’s blog.

Hopefully Microsoft follows the instance it set final yr after an outage in Northern Europe attributable to a related climate incident took down service for seven hours, and puts together a public, comprehensive post-mortem on what happened and how will probably be averted sooner or later. There are at all times going to be outages with cloud providers from any vendor, especially when severe weather is the underlying cause, however that is a fairly dangerous one.

And whereas the precise particulars surrounding which cooling programs on which buildings failed, this service disruption might be a good commercial for the advantages of availability zones, which permit cloud prospects to unfold their workloads round a number of separate buildings inside a given cloud computing area in hopes of avoiding issues with a single knowledge middle constructing.

This setup was not a a part of Microsoft’s infrastructure technique till final yr, and it has only rolled out availability zones to all of its prospects within three of the 54 regions it operates worldwide (they’re out there in East US 2 and Southeast Asia as a preview). It’s long been part of rival Amazon Web Services’ infrastructure strategy, nonetheless, and after this occasion is probably going one thing that’s going to come back up extra typically in cloud deal negotiations.

Microsoft, by way of its public-relations company, has not responded to requests for extra info on the main points of the issues in San Antonio. The Azure status page, which has been up to date a number of occasions over the past 36 hours, says to count on the subsequent replace by 1pm Pacific Time.

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