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11/22/2013
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Windows Azure Outage Avoids Xbox One Catastrophe

Microsoft's cloud services, including Xbox Live, were disrupted Thursday due to a DNS error.

Azure outage affected Xbox Live hours before Xbox One went on sale.
Azure outage affected Xbox Live hours before Xbox One went on sale.

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Lorna Garey
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11/22/2013 | 2:49:35 PM
DNS on the edge
The fragility of the DNS system is becoming increasingly evident -- any word on what exactly the problem was? Packet bombing by someone looking to discupt the Xbox launch?
SaneIT
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11/25/2013 | 7:54:15 AM
The silver lining
Aside from pointing out the flaws in DNS and how bad for their image it is for services to go down I think this actually has a slight up side.  The happened before the holiday season officially kicked off.  This week a large number of the heaviest Xbox live users will be at home and playing games.  Next month there will be a whole bunch of new players jumping online.  Sorting this out early means less bad press than if this had happened on say Christmas day like Apple saw with iTunes crashing for example. 
SachinEE
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11/27/2013 | 1:56:11 AM
Re : Windows Azure Outage Avoids Xbox One Catastrophe
Disruption problems aside, it is really heartening to read that Microsoft has been transparent about such disruptions which is a rarity among her other competitors. We have seen most of the organizations putting blanket over such issues. Adobe's security breach is the recent example. What these organizations don't understand is that transparency about such issues brings good name to the organization instead of stigma.
SachinEE
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11/27/2013 | 1:56:14 AM
Re : Windows Azure Outage Avoids Xbox One Catastrophe
When there is a DNS failure, it doesn't really matter if Azure is operating as it should be because it becomes inaccessible anyway. Businesses' concerns about the security and reliability of cloud are not very ill founded. Cloud has not matured to the level where it could be relied upon to shift everything on.
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