Microsoft Azure had more downtime in 2014 than main cloud rivals
Jan 21, 2015
Microsoft Azure suffered more downtime than its main rivals in 2014, with almost 54 hours of downtime for its two main services, according to detailed analysis.
Azure Object Storage was down for 10.89 hours and Azure Virtual Machines experienced 42.94 hours of downtime globally in 2014. Azure had 241 outages in total.
In comparison, the analysis from CloudHarmony showed Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced fewer than five hours downtime in total for its storage services – Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3) – with 35 outages.
Google’s cloud storage was down for less than 15 minutes in 2014 and its cloud computing platform suffered just under four hours offline. SoftLayer – now part of IBM – had a total of 11 outages with just under 15 mintes downtime for its storage service.
In Europe, AWS EC2 was down for 19 seconds and S3 was down for little more than two minutes. Google experienced no downtime for its cloud storage in Europe but its cloud computing services were down for 2.22 hours.
Microsoft Azure suffered the most downtime in Europe, with 5.97 hours for its cloud compute service and 1.31 hours for its storage service.
As prices tumble and more businesses put their IT in public clouds, the continuity of services will increasingly come under the spotlight.
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Commercial technology partner at law firm Kemp Little, Paul Hinton, said as more large companies start using the cloud, suppliers are having to offer more legal guarantees. However, large companies are now negotiating better terms around this.
"Any serious IT team using cloud will not use it for important information, unless it has backup protections for the data, which can undermine the business case for cost reduction by using cloud," he said.
According to an RBC Capital report, AWS's price per GB Ram was $42 in October 2013 and fell to $25 in December 2014.
In the same period, Google’s price dropped from $52 per GB Ram to $32; IBM SoftLayer reduced its price from $55 to $32; and Microsoft Azure fell from $46 to $34.
In November 2014, Microsoft Azure's storage service suffered a massive outage that sent websites crashing.
Microsoft admitted this was because a process to deploy updates progressively and in small manageable chunks was not followed.
The process, known as flighting, is used to run health checks as the update is deployed.
Microsoft corporate vice-president Jason Zander said: "The standard flighting deployment policy of incrementally deploying changes across small slices was not followed."
Natural disaters have also caused major cloud outages at the large suppliers. In 2011, Amazon and Microsoft's European cloud services were down for a weekend after a lightning strike caused power failures at their datacentres in Dublin.
The lightning strike took out the main power supply and affected part of the phasecontrol system that synchronises the backup generator plant, causing a disruption to the service of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing platform for the second time that year, as well as affecting Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite.
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ASPGulf deploys managed Exchange for Gargash Insurance
May 1, 2010
ASPGulf successfully deployed enterprise level messaging platform for Gargash Insurance with Hosted Exchange 2007 and Blackberry Enterprise Services. For the past two years, Gargash Insurance was using hosted POP3 messaging services from ASPGulf and it was confining the organization’s ambitious growth trajectory. At the time of upgrading the messaging platform with Hosted Exchange at ASPGulf Data Centres, Gargash Insurance actively considered Google Apps, Hosted Exchange from North America and in-house hosting for feasibility as alternatives. Being from a mission critical industry such as insurance with prohibitive guidelines and practices, “flexibility + audit control + affordability” was of prime importance and these critical requirements gave an edge in taking a decision in favour of ASPGulf. Being an existing service provider, ASPGulf’s unique service levels were familiar to Gargash Insurance which also facilitated the decision process.
Gargash Insurance is one of the leading insurance broking and advisory consultancy services provider, representing all major insurance companies and offer end-to-end insurance services from individuals to large organizations. Gargash Insurance users from their multiple locations access their collaborative messaging platform using Outlook Anywhere, Outlook Web Access and Blackberry Enterprise Server. This gives total mobility to the users where they can administer and practice the organization’s own policies both at work station as well as PDA levels. As a DR solution to the Exchange deployment, the existing POP3 messaging platform is maintained at ASPGulf’s alternative DC facility to collect mails in event the primary Exchange outage exceeds the threshold window. ASPGulf is also offering a dedicated email security service for filtering out email borne anomalies such as Anti Spam, Anti Virus and Malware threats; thus routing more refined mail traffic to their corporate network.
ZafinLabs partners with ASPGulf to offer NBAD Star Loyalty Programme on outsourced model
April 25, 2010
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE, has launched its NBAD Stars© Loyalty program, which allows credit cardholders earn NBAD Stars on every eligible credit card purchase and collect great rewards that offer choices and flexibility; and this program is available to all NABD customers through a dedicated portal https://stars.nbad.ae/
From May 2nd, NBAD Credit Cardholders – Classic, Gold, and Platinum – will automatically earn NBAD Stars on all purchases made on their NBAD Credit Cards. NBAD Stars Loyalty applies to existing Credit Cards and newly issued ones. In addition, NBAD Cardholders can earn bonus NBAD Stars at selected Partners that range from air lines, travel agents, hotels, restaurants, retailers and more. The NBAD Stars programme is built on the basis of a coalition model so it allows consumers to accumulate Stars not only from NBAD but from its NBAD Stars participating partners as well.
“NBAD strives to bring to the market innovative and pragmatic products that distinguish our Bank in the market. The NBAD Stars Loyalty programme is an example of NBAD analysing and exploring consumers’ demands and finding the right partners for a service that truly serves consumers,” said John Malouf, NBAD’s General Manager of Consumer Banking in the Domestic Banking Division. “As a financial institution with the vision to become the Number One Arab Bank, NBAD has made consumers its primary focus and continues to produce products that makes banking with NBAD rewarding. Our customers expect us to always develop market-leading products.” To claim their rewards, NBAD Cardholders can redeem their NBAD Stars from the wide range of NBAD Stars partners.
The above program is provided on an end-to-end outsourced model by ZafinLabs (www.zafinlabs.com), a Dubai Silicon Oasis based company on their miRevenue application in close partnership with ASPGulf. The primary production site and the Disaster Recovery (DR) site is provided at ASPGulf two different DC facilities with auto fail-over configured for any DR invocation. ZafinLabs opted to partner with ASPGulf based on the positive market feedbacks, ASPGulf’s proactive and consultative approach during the entire engagement.
Abu Dhabi Culture & Heritage offered redundant architecture
November 12, 2009
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the government department that manages Cultural & Heritage scenario in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has its online presence managed and hosted from ASPGulf’s state of the art Data Centre. Since the department undertakes and simultaneously manages multiple events which has international audience, service availability was of prime importance. ASPGulf teamed with the ADACH IT Team, web application developers and offered a high available web hosting platform with primary web infrastructure deployed from ASPGulf Data Center facility. The solution was architected based on various parameters which was in sync with department’s IT strategy while not compromising on security or service standards. After conducting profound analysis through several meetings with the ADACH team, ASPGulf team succeeded in creating an innovative architectural concept for ADACH in building up a suitable mirror site infrastructure. The architecture constitutes of fully managed mirror sites to for user load distribution and DNS Fail Over implementation for addressing the network and internet availability.
The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is the institution in charge of conserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi. Established in October 2005 as an authority of the Government of Abu Dhabi, it is administered by a board of directors chaired by H. E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan.