February 22, 2013
The screen shot says it all – as I type Microsoft Azure is suffering from an outage, possibly caused by an expired SSL certificate. Services across the globe are completely down with limited visibility into why and when they will be back up. The Azure service dashboard (hosted on AWS or Rackspace one assumes) is showing that:
Storage is currently experiencing a worldwide outage impacting HTTPS operations (SSL traffic) due to an expired certificate. HTTP traffic is not impacted. We are validating the recovery options before implementing them. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers. Status of affected services will be updated in the table below.
Have no doubt – this is completely and utterly unacceptable performance from a startup, let alone someone calling themselves an enterprise cloud vendor. Heads should, and absolutely must, roll because of this.
Completely unacceptable Microsoft, I’m disappointed.