"My company's website's have been down for the last hour (since approx 11am GMT)," another user wrote. "This is causing quite a problem for us as we accept online payment 24-7 across the UK and Europe. The service dashboard isn't telling me anything outside of what I already know, except it's saying 'Deployed applications will continue to run.' I can tell you this isn't true as the deployed applications aren't responding."
A Microsoft spokesperson could not immediately provide further comment on the Azure service problems and their root cause.
This is far from the first outage to hit Azure since its launch in late 2009. Rival offerings such as Amazon Web Services have experienced their own share of uptime issues as well.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.