Expired Certificate Disrupts Windows Azure Storage Service - HDP for Windows Server Beta

Expired SSL certificate caused Windows Azure worldwide outage impacting HTTPS traffic. Customers to get "proactively" credit. Azure Store expands in 25 new markets. Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows Server Beta.

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Over the last week, Windows Azure Storage experienced a worldwide outage impacting HTTPS traffic--caused by an "expired SSL certificate."

Micorosoft notes, that due to the scope of the outage, they'll "proactively" provide credits to impacted customers in accordance with the SLA. "The credit will be reflected on a subsequent invoice," Steven Martin, Microsoft's GM, Windows Azure Business & Operations stated in a blog post.

"HTTP traffic was unaffected but the event impacted a number of Windows Azure services that are dependent on Storage. We executed the repair steps to update the SSL certificate on the impacted clusters and availability was restored to >99% worldwide by 1:00 AM PST on February 23. At 8:00 PM PST on February 23, we completed the restoration effort and confirmed full availability worldwide," Martin explains.

"Our teams are also working hard on a full root cause analysis (RCA), including steps to help prevent any future reoccurrence," he added.

In other news today, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, built with "joint investment and contributions" from Microsoft, is now available to beta testers.

Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows Beta ArchitectureHDP, a new Windows platform is 100 percent open source provides the same Hadoop experience as is available from Hortonworks on Linux.

"HDP is Hortonworks' Hadoop distribution tailored for enterprise users, and includes high-availability, security, data services and management tools and interfaces. Hortonworks contributes all of code back to the Apache Software Foundation."

The beta of HDP for Windows is available at www.hortonworks.com/downloads.

Update 02/28: Windows Azure Store is now available in 25 new markets, bringing the total count of supported markets to 36.

"Windows Azure Store is the place to discover, purchase, and use premium data app services and data sets which help you to build amazing cloud applications; try it today with no obligation (click here for more information on finding and using the Azure Store)."

In addition, Microsoft also launched four new add-ons in the Azure Store: "Blitline; Cloudinary; PubNub; and VS Anywhere."