Cloud – Office 365

Sometimes it’s just too easy to make fun of a company.

In May 2017 Microsoft had gathered their favorite developers in Redmond for the annual Build conference. The focus of that conference was Microsoft’s offerings of Office and Azure.

Yeah, you guessed it. Office 365 went down in the middle of the conference as documented by the Register.

Outages happen to everybody.

What I thought interesting were the comments on the Register post:

Cloud just means somebody else’s computer that you have NO control over, and can go down at any time leaving you helpless.
Herby

Cloud: A computing service that signifies you do not know where any outage is, who is responsible for it, who else but you or your organization accesses the data on it, but nobody wants to do without.
Jeroen Braamhaar

Having worked with Cloud products for near 10 years now, I can say that in general they are much more reliable and lower cost than an on prem equivalent. … [Y]ou do get a much better infrastructure from a company that invests millions/billions and has SLA’s around it all than the bit of tin you got from the reseller round the corner.
Babbit55

This situation is kinda like when I was on a conference call with my CIO and his boss the CFO. It wasn’t a pleasant discussion. When the call was over my CIO turned to me and said “I don’t ever want to have that discussion again.”

Don’t find yourself or your company in the situation that Microsoft was in. Consider and act on the points in those comments.

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