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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 24 2020, @11:23PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-do-not-own-your-cloud-computer dept.

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud:

Customers of Microsoft's Azure cloud are reporting capacity issues such as the inability to create resources and associated reliability issues.

Outage-tracking website Down Detector shows quite a few reports about UK Azure issues today, yet the official Azure Status page is all green ticks. The inability to provision resources does not count as an outage as such – though it is more than an annoyance since it is not always feasible to create the resource in an alternative Azure region. Some types of resource have to be same region in order to work correctly without a lot of reconfiguration.

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), a handy solution for remote workers, is one example. One user complained on Twitter that "Azure seems to be full" when trying to allocate a VM for WVD, though it appears to be a test deployment (if the name WVD-TEST-0 is anything to go by). The error reads "Allocation failed. We do not have sufficient capacity for the requested VM size in this region." The region is UK South.

[...] Note that Azure is a huge service and it would be wrong to give disproportionate weight to a small number of reports. Most of Azure seems to be working fine. That said, capacity in the UK regions was showing signs of stress even before the current crisis, so it is not surprising that issues are occurring now.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:12PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:12PM (#975459)

    Plenty of companies hosting their own infrastructure lost all of their data to bad backups, hackers, or phishing. And even if you host your own you still have to set up redundancy (two or more geographically distant data centers) and ISP redundancy, and maintain your own server and code security updates. None of those concerns magically go away, plus you have to handle rotating out and replacing obsolete hardware yourself.

    Granted, I would never use Azure. I think Microsoft's history is the biggest proof anyone could ever need that in a capitalist system sales and marketing are many orders of magnitude more important than quality and ethics. And if my employer let me choose, I would go for a split cloud infrastructure - run everything on one provider with a hot standby in another. Then your security concerns increase, but even if Amazon worldwide goes down unless the whole internet is out I can spin up my Digital Ocean (or whatever).