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Microsoft Office 365, Azure Plagued by Disruptions for Hours

Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, and its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, Azure, were hit by two Azure Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that lasted several hours over the weekend, Variety reports.

According to the publication, these attacks came shortly after just one. Microsoft and Azure are working to mitigate the damage.

While not an Amazon Web Services (AWS) attack, this is still bad news for the company. It impacts users, businesses, and Azure users, who will ultimately have to pay for the services in question (though not as much as they would have before).

According to Variety, “There are no indications that Azure has been breached, but Microsoft is urging Azure customers to stay tuned for updates.”

Azure suffered an even larger outage last year, which left many enterprises without service, and the company has not been spared an outage in the year since.

The $72 billion company is looking to make a play for the cloud. However, the 2018-2019 outage was another demonstration of the challenges that the company faces. As this is a powerful and ubiquitous cloud-based productivity suite that is already pervasive in many businesses, it’s only a matter of time before it goes down too. In these kinds of events, we’re still seeing legacy cloud competitors like AWS weather these disasters pretty well. That’s probably one reason that Azure, and other technology giants, are building their own servers to improve reliability.

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