Outage of Windows Azure Cloud : Why you need a multi-cloud strategy now

A few months ago, Amazon’s cloud went through repeated areas of turbulence (on April 21st and August 7th) causing outages for many online services.

Another event involving maintenance already generated a rant from customers and IT providers.

In the IT news this week you probably saw the reports of an incident involving Microsoft’s Azure Cloud service.

The IT medias has done a great job of summarizing what happened. Read their full reports here, here or here.

There are remaining questions observers (and cloud users) want to ask : How long did the breakdown last? Is the service provider transparently reporting the incident? Can I get independent data anywhere? How can I avoid being impacted by it should it happen again? Is the cloud reliable?

You won’t be surprised to learn that Cedexis has the answers. Of course, it’s our job to help you get through this kind of unfortunate outage…

How long did the breakdown last? Is the information provided consistent with the RFO (Reason for Outage) released by the provider?

This is what Cedexis Radar users very simply observed. We chose to show the availability of the various Azure Cloud regions over 24 hours.

The resulting diagram shows the impacted Azure regions and the duration of downtime.

This diagram was released today and generated from our free data section:

Is it possible to bypass such outage? Is the cloud reliable?

Yes to both questions. Some of our customers (and therefor millions of final users) haven’t been impacted. How is it possible? By choosing a multi-provider strategy involving Openmix to direct traffic based on slowdowns and outages detected via the Radar and/or customized data feed provided by your own infrastructure.

Did you ask for multi-cloud experts? Here we are 😉