Feeds

Office 365, Hotmail and SkyDrive hit by outage

Microsoft clouds go dark

Build a business case: developing custom apps

A new month and another outage for Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service. This time it had company as Hotmail and SkyDrive were also downed by the same DNS (Domain Name System) issue.

Luckily for Europe, outages started in the middle of last night when most of us were tucked up in bed – 4am GMT and lasted for around three-and-a-half hours – but users in Asia Pacific and North America were hit in the middle and at the end of their respective days.

On the official Office365 Twitter feed, Microsoft said: "Preliminary root cause suggests a DNS issue, though we're still working hard to restore."

The service was back up and running again several hours ago and Microsoft thanked customers for their patience. This is the second major outage since Office 365 launched in late June as the successor to BPOS.

Microsoft says it has a financially backed SLA for its cloud services and last month gave BPOS customers a 25 per cent credit note on any future invoices following an outage.

Hotmail, Skydrive and other Live properties were also out of service, the Inside Windows Live blog confirmed.

"We are working on propagating the DNS configuration changes and so it will take some time to restore service to everyone. Again we appreciate your patience," the firm said.

In a statement sent to El Reg, Microsoft said DNS issues had caused service degradation for "multiple services", adding "we are conducting a review of the incident". ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?
It's not yet been released but everyone thinks it's the dog's danglies
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.