Microsoft Azure was hit with a prolonged outage in Western Europe on Thursday.
The cloud platform's outage lasted 2.5 hours and caused an early morning service distribution throughout Western Europe. Azure's lengthy outage came the same day as service disruptions from Google Talk, Twitter, and the UK government's CloudStore service.
"The recent Windows Azure service interruption in the Western Europe sub-region has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may have caused our customers," a Microsoft spokesperson told V3.
The outage wasn't officially fixed until around 14:33 local time. At the time of writing, Microsoft has yet to comment on the reason behind the lengthy outage.
Azure's service disruption comes during a slew of tech-based service outages.
Google suffered an outage to its Talk service midday UK time on the same day as Azure's service disruption. The instant messaging client was down for several hours before finally coming back up in the late afternoon.
Twitter was hit with a service disruption around the time that Google Talk came back to life. The outage lasted for several hours before finally turning back up at around 11:00 AM US PST.
The UK government also saw an outage of its CloudStore service on Thursday. The service disruption prevented suppliers from uploading services to the marketplace and stopped buyers from searching for available supplier offerings.
All three organisations have yet to release an explanation for why the outages occurred.
Earlier this year Microsoft unveiled Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to its Azure cloud platform. Azure's IaaS service is designed to make it easier for customers to build applications on both local and cloud based servers.
The addition of IaaS is said to have put Microsoft in direct competition with Amazon's Web Services cloud platform.
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