Microsoft applies patch across Azure to fix recent widespread outage

Email Twitter: @ZacB_ Nov 19th, 2014 inNews


Sometime yesterday, the Microsoft Azure service completely went offline. Many were left with their websites unable to be accessed, and even Microsoft’s own services which rely on Azure such as Xbox LIVE, the Microsoft Band and OneDrive all took a turn for the worst.

The outage lasted sometime, and today Microsoft is in motion and attempting to fix the fault. According to the the Azure status page:

A fix has been applied across the affected environment. Customers should start seeing availability improvement across all regions. Some affected customers may still see intermittent impact. Starting at 19 Nov 2014 00:52 UTC we are experiencing a connectivity issue across multiple Azure Services, including Storage, Virtual Machines, SQL Geo-Restore, SQL Import/export, Websites, Azure Search, Azure Cache, Management Portal, Service Bus, Event Hubs, Visual Studio, Machine Learning, HDInsight, Automation, Virtual Network, Stream Analytics, Azure Data Factory, Active Directory, StorSimple and Azure Backup Services.

As of right now, there is still a partial outage to the service:

Starting at 19 Nov 2014 05:50 UTC a limited subset of customers using Storage in North Europe may have encountered intermittent errors or timeouts. A related Storage issue has been mitigated, and additional dependencies were recovered due to a large backlog of requests. Engineering reported as mitigated at 11:00 AM UTC and continued to monitor till 12:45 PM. This issue is now mitigated.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Azure as the day continues. Right now though, it looks like things are being restored. The majority of services which run on Azure are back up and running now, so everything should be back to normal soon.

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