Windows Azure still suffering from partial outage

On Friday, some owners of Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console were unable to access some of their cloud-based save storage files. The downtime for that feature still continues and its likely the issue is related to some issues for the company's Windows Azure services.

Since Friday, one server cluster in the south central portion of the US has been down, according to the Windows Azure status page. The status page currently says:

Our engineering teams immediately triaged the issue and have been working around the clock to restore service to affected customers. These repair steps however are taking longer than expected to implement to ensure that there is no impact to customer data.

The page said that Microsoft apologizes for the problems and suggests people check in with the status page for any further updates.

This is the second time this week that a major cloud server provider has experienced a long service interruption. On Christmas Eve, Amazon Web Services had server clusters in Northern Virginia go down for the better part of a day. The problems affected many millions of Netflix customers, who were unable to access the streaming video service from a number of devices. So far, Amazon has not revealed any details on what happened with its servers during Christmas.

Source: Windows Azure status page

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According to the azure status page, the southeast US storage cluster is still being restored from backup and brought back online slowly, and some services (like Soluto, Xbox Live cloud storage, and some Netflix storage) was taken offline. Not sure what the ETA on getting that totally fixed will be either.

Unfortunate, don't place all eggs in the cloud ey?

Also, I like how the article mentions another recent cloud service outage, just for comparisons sake.