Skip to comments.Microsoft Office 365 is down worldwide
Posted on 02/01/2013 7:47:07 AM PST by fulltlt
Microsoft exchange online email is down worldwide.
Why I think the cloud is a fad in a nutshell.
LMAO! My company wants to go to MS365 and “the cloud.” This is gonna be fun.
I can’t think of a single advantage to using “the cloud”.
There are some good things about the Cloud, but no way is it for mission-critical stuff.
Who says the pendulum doesn't swing back and forth?
The software as a web service concept was pushed by MS and other companies back in the late 90s. It was way too early for the technology back then and it isn’t much better now.
The “cloud” is presented as this mystical storage and web services super machine somewhere out there in the ether. It is just collections of servers located in some physical building on the ground, somewhere in the world. Servers fail and if the failover plan also fails it can be disasterous to entities that push critical services and data into the “cloud”. This is not that much different than the outsourcing craze back in the 90s. Put your critical data and resources into the hands of an outside company that has no real stake in your success and you are incurring a huge risk.
I can think of a dozen advantages to Office 365 and cloud computing. I can also think of one dealbreaking disadvantage and millions of people are getting that lesson today.
GET A MAC.
The cloud is a marketing gimick for suckers who are too democrat party to realize cloud is just code for “storage on my server”.
BTW storage those suckers are too lazy to realize costs money to their bottom line.
back online 10 min ago [at least for me]
I have 3 email accounts forwarding to my MS365 account. I don’t see any service interruption. Only problem I has with the service is that it didn’t pickup mail from remote accounts reliably. Never could get to the bottom of that, so I had each of the other accounts ‘Push’ the mail over to MS365 instead. Works better that way.
Must be bad weather..........it’s ‘cloudy’...........
The Cloud is a very bad idea.
back online here too.
They are renaming it to Office 364.
Doesn’t matter what brand you have if the other side is down.
I remember back in the old days, discoveries of problems in MSFT software would cause the stock price to go up, because they believed in the saying, “never let a crisis go to waste.”
They could have kept the name if it was a Leap Year.
Switch it from a “cloud” of servers to a peer-to-peer network, where the encrypted data is mirrored six ways from Sunday across all the boxes on network, and then you won’t have to worry about points of failure. Of course, you’ll then have to worry more about the security of the data and retrieving it efficiently.
Office 365 is cloud-hosted, not hardware dependent. Get a clue.
What, might I ask, does a MAC have to do with cloud services? Any of these services can fail at any time. Apple has it’s own version of cloud services and I have seen parts of their services fail as well. Having a MAC won’t preclude failure of any cloud services, the MAC is just the client.
My friends and I laughed derisively at Microsoft for not having the slightest idea of what they were advertising.
Same here. Exactly the same.
Well I can think of a few bad advanages to using the cloud.
Speaking as a software engineer with extensive data access experience from both desktop and web browsers the Cloud is crap! This whole push to get everything on your mobile phone is a pie in the sky dream. It also takes x times more security protocols and layers upon layers. You want security have a main database server(s) on a clustered failover schema and keep a subset of that data locally on desktop/laptop and replicate over a secure network as needed or in the least make data request to your own servers on your own network.
On another tangent I don’t care what version of HTMLx you will never get the rich functionality and robustness of a desktop interface. I hate web apps, but it is cheaper to make them because you can hire lower experienced developers cheaper to make the web pages and only have a couple of high priced devs as your data/logic guys or bypass that cost all together by mining someone else’s web service. Companies get into trouble when those lower devs start designing/implementing more complex systems without the proper experience and I don’t mean writing little household or mobile apps that return tonight’s menu at Bob’s Bar or maintaining a blog. Not to mention the stability of compiled languages over scripts.
Another beef is the Agile method. It has gotten so bastardized it is worthless. I just went to a company that is extreme Agile and trying to find any technical documentation on the code base is a dream or anyone who knows how the whole system works or at least most of it (and they want it that way). There are none. All the systems designed years ago when the waterfall method was used are still in use and stable. Sure, may have cost a bit more but they are worth it in the long run. I equate the Agile method to the mentality of today’s young gun developers and their propensity to only stay in a place long enough to get half done with a project and move on to another job spouting their experience and achievements to get a big boost, never finishing anything and leaving no documentation on anything and a hodge-podge of open source, plug-ins, and third party layers that always seem to need rebooting or re-installing/patching .
There were two or three Autodesk people standing around, looking bored. One of them showed me a sculpture of a show guest that had been made earlier in the day. I asked if I could get one of myself, and the young lady replied "sorry, the cloud's down."
Pretty much my take on both topics as well.
Agile’s being used here to avoid accountability. 1 major group is using it, and they just do whatever the hell they want and nothing ever works. It requires more discipline to work, not less.
Apparently, it’s more like “Office 364”
Having it be offline is the best thing about the product....
Another reason for this push to the cloud was tighter control of who is using the software. It is easier to monitor people hitting your site by a log in ID than track who has it installed locally and how many are using it under one license. SaaS has a continuous revenue string that can be measured and forecast rather than depending on off the shelve/download sales.
Another reason is the ability to scan your data. I don’t care who you are or what security you have, the government and anyone who wants to scans it. How do you think all the marketing studies and email come about? Don’t believe how easy it is, the next time you go to a watering hole that has free internet look around at the techies capturing your wireless signal to see what you are doing and they can get. There is always one or more around and they can be a hundred yards away in their car or an adjoining storefront.
It seems cloud was developed by a computer illiterate who thinks of computers as being in the 1950’s computing room with reels and tape.
The cloud is OLD OLD OLD tech.
Probably people who are still clininging to some far out dated crackberry.
Get an education.
Exactly. Goes along with the lower expectation of dressing for work. Granted I don’t think you should have to wear a suit to work (although I did for years and liked it) I am tired of seeing cargo shorts, bra straps, t-shirts with green slogans, pajama pants, all of your tats, flip flops and hair like you just got up. I like the relax work schedule environment but that doesn’t equate to dressing like you are at home.
Dressing nice for work even if you are not client facing instills a sense of pride and professionalism. Sadly software development has become the self-indulgent, rebelling against tradition generation. I call them “generation null”.
It was down, but only affected logging into Outlook Web App according to the service status site.
Exactly. I want some control over my software, and I want it on my own machinery for just this reason. I don’t want my office wiped out, without recourse or backup. And who would trust Mister Bill Gates, anyway?
You, sir, are very witty!
Same here, I'll never use it. I want my applications and files on my computer, not out in cyberland.
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