Microsoft's Ajax CDN tumbles worldwide

Summary:Microsoft's AJAX content distribution network, part of its Windows Azure cloud, appears to have gone down worldwide, damaging applications that depend on the third-party javascript libraries that are hosted there.

Part of Microsoft's globe-spanning Windows Azure cloud is having a problem, causing faults for websites and applications based on it. 

On Thursday morning multiple Azure users began reporting problems with the company's Ajax Content Delivery Network, a technology that helps to quickly serve third-party javascript libraries, such as jquery, to sites and applications built on top of Windows Azure.

The problems with the AJAX CDN began on Thursday morning. Image: Cedexis

As of 1:14pm GMT the Microsoft site was completely unavailable.

Cedexis, a company that operates a variety of cloud monitoring technologies, also confirmed the outage via its Cedexis Radar technology in a post to Twitter at 2:12pm, which showed a loss in capability of the CDN (pictured).

"Dammit! is down, @Microsoft any ideas when it will come back up? #downtime#ajax#jquery#CDN," Twitter user Chuck Neely wrote in a post to the microblogging network at 12:49pm GMT.

At the time of writing Microsoft had not responded to a ZDNet request for comment. A trawl of the technology giant's public social media accounts showed no acknowledgement of the issue. 


Topics: Cloud, Microsoft


Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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