"In case you missed it, on the same day Microsoft fans were
slapping themselves on the back for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
getting out the door, Microsoft?s Windows Azure
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud suffered a worldwide meltdown.
For almost 36-hours, Windows Azure Service Management was down.
"Even after Microsoft had a fix in, faults continued to spread
across the Azure cloud in America and Northern Europe. As some
areas came back up Compute functionality in the North Central US,
South Central US and North Europe regions, functionality was
downgraded or even turned off on a range of Azure services."