On Twitter, a number of Azure customers in Europe were reporting today, March 24, that they are hitting capacity constraints. The limits are coming at a time when more and more users worldwide are working remotely due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Azure MVP Aidan Finn (@joe_elway on Twitter) suggested Azure users stop using scheduled VM start/stop, which some do to save money, while capacity is an issue. Finn tweeted today that customers should "keep VMs allocated & your hands all over those CPUs while there are resource constraints."
"As demand continues to grow, if we are faced with any capacity constraints in any region during this time, we have established clear criteria for the priority of new cloud capacity. Top priority will be going to first responders, health and emergency management services, critical government infrastructure organizational use, and ensuring remote workers stay up and running with the core functionality of Teams. We will also consider adjusting free offers, as necessary, to ensure support of existing customers."
Last fall when I asked about Azure hitting capacity limits in US East, a company spokesperson acknowledged this was happening and said Microsoft was trying to assist customers with "the right options." When I had a chance to ask Microsoft Executive Vice President of Azure Jason Zander about the issue, all he would say is "We're always adding more capacity."