Microsoft BPOS Suffers Outage in Europe

Software giant Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) suffered a nearly seven hour outage in Europe.

The company explained that it had experienced some connectivity issues in its Dublin data centre due to a massive power outage.

According to the company, the outage started around 6:50 PM BST and lasted till 1:45 AM. “Throughout the incident, we updated our customers regularly on the issue via our normal communication channels,” the company said in a statement.

The BPOS downtime, one of the many to have taken place this year alone, comes as the company is busy migrating customers to the new Office 365, which is Microsoft’s cloud based answer to Google’s services.

The outage was caused due to a massive lightning bolt that brought down the power in Dublin. Amazon’s EC2 cloud services were also affected from the lightning strike.

“We know many of you are anxiously waiting for your instances and volumes to become available and we want to give you more detail on why the recovery of the remaining instances and volumes is taking so long,” Amazon said in a statement.

The downtime suffered by the services sheds light on the viability of cloud computing services, even as the entire global IT industry prepares to embrace the next big thing in computing.