Multiple crises pushed the tech giant into the yellow zone.
Microsoft Azure services might quietly be facing capacity issues, according to reporting in ITPro. As many as two dozen Azure data centres worldwide are currently operating on limited capacity. The original reporting was sourced to two anonymous Microsoft managers and an engineer.
In addition, an article by The Telegraph purports that new customers are currently not allowed to register with the UK West and UK South server locations for Cosmos DB and virtual machines services.
To explain the capacity issues reportedly faced by the tech giant, website The Information drew a direct correlation between Microsoft’s commitments to support Ukraine and the ongoing worldwide semiconductor shortage.
Microsoft pledged support to Ukraine early on in the conflict and has since moved many key Ukrainian networks including those of various government ministries onto the cloud. The tech giant identified and neutralized numerous Russian cyber attacks and donated tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid.
Macro trends put Microsoft on the back foot
In the past few years, and at an increasing pace as industries moved even more services online during the pandemic, organizations have become increasingly dependent on cloud services. Some reports estimate that about half of all organizations’ data is in a public cloud today.
“Across the globe, we have seen unprecedented growth in the Cloud,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to It Pro. “With this surge, coupled with macro trends impacting the whole industry, we’ve taken steps to address customer increases in capacity while also expediting server deployment in our datacenters.”
“Our priority remains ensuring business continuity for customers. In addition to managing and planning for growth, we actively load balance as needed. If it does become necessary to put capacity restrictions in place, we will first restrict trials and internal workloads to prioritize growth of existing customers.”