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The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages Of 2016 (So Far)

CRN takes a look at the 10 cloud outages that grabbed headlines in the first half of 2016.

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Microsoft Office 365, Jan. 18

Some Office 365 users were painfully separated from their cloud-based email accounts for many days, starting on Jan. 18.

Microsoft blamed a buggy software update, but its first attempt at a fix didn't hold -- another salvo of email failures riled customers five days after the initial outage was reported.

Problems with the cloud productivity suite's email services persisted for longer than a week in some cases. While not all Office 365 users suffered downtime, those affected had a large number of users, Microsoft confirmed.

Microsoft ultimately reported that its engineers had identified several infrastructure components handling email routing and filtering that became degraded due to heavy resource use. That statement came more than a week after the initial outage.

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