Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:53 UTC, submitted by judgen
Microsoft The outage on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform that caused the government's G-Cloud service to go offline was the result of a calculation error caused by the extra day in February due to the leap year. Writing on the Azure blog the firm's corporate vice president for service and cloud, Bill Laing, said while the firm had still to fully determine the cause of the issue, the extra date in the month appeared the most likely cause.
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RE: Wtf? Really?
by Laurence on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 09:14 UTC in reply to "Wtf? Really?"
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The reason is that they didn't think about leap years? In 2012, this is the error they made? It's not like it's some unexpected even we didn't see coming.
You know, I would have found this acceptable in someone's pet OSS project but not in a global service from MS that you probably pay an arm and a leg for.
If I was the guy who was responsible for this in "the government" I would have been having a serious talk with my account rep already and it would not have been easy for them convince me to continue using their product.

agreed, but sadly British government like expensive and often vastly over-priced contracts with Microsoft, IBM and Oracle is simply because it takes liability away from the government.

If MS fsck up and take a government service offline, then IT managers within the government just say "not our fault, it's one of our service providers". For the government, contracts like this are just another form of outsourcing and thus it would take something monumental and hugely publicly embarrassing before any government body would even consider switching providers - let along bring the services back in house where they really belong.

This is just my experiences when I worked for the British government. Things might be different for the rest of the EU or western world (for their sake, I hope so).

Edited 2012-03-02 09:15 UTC

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