Microsoft says a performance update caused Azure to go down for 11 hours this week
A flawed performance update was the reason why many Microsoft services powered by its Azure cloud servers went down for almost 11 hours earlier this week. Microsoft has now formally apologized for the outage, which occurred between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
The effects hit services such as Xbox Live, which didn't allow some Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners to play online. It also affected Visual Studio Online, MSN.com, and other services. It even affected Microsoft Band owners. Microsoft Azure Corporate Vice President Jason Zander stated the problems began when the the company released what was supposed to be a performance update for Azure Storage. He wrote:
He added that a "limited subset of customers" might still be experiencing problems but that Microsoft is working to fix these issues for those users. The company has now pledged to make some changes so these long outages don't happen again. Those changes include making sure "deployment tools enforce the standard protocol of applying production changes in incremental batches is always followed."
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By Jez Corden
It isn't a big deal. Just a polite nudge of the conversation into a positive direction. I wasn't even affected by this. My XBox One had issues in the past like the controller would fail to connect or Live would sign in and out every 10 seconds but I haven't seen that since the latest updates. This Azure outage didn't seem to hit me though.