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Glitch Takes Down Microsoft's Windows Azure Cloud Service

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing service went down in Western Europe for about two and a half hours, and the software giant apologized and attributed it to a misconfigured network device.

"The interruption impacted our Compute Service and resulted in connectivity issues from some of our customers in the sub-region," Mike Neil, general manager of Windows Azure, said in a blog post.

“The service interruption was triggered by a misconfigured network device that disrupted traffic to one cluster in our West Europe sub-region," Neil said. "Once a set device limit for external connections was reached, it triggered previously unknown issues in another network device within that cluster, which further complicated network management and recovery."