Why It Matters That Microsoft Will Shut Down This Service for 12 Hours

One of the supposed benefits of public cloud computing is that if your software is designed right, you should be pretty much insulated from hardware problems and other associated snafus. If your software is parceled out among the tens of thousands of servers running on Amazon , Microsoft, or Google cloud data centers worldwide, you should experience minimal downtime.

And yet there is still downtime.

Fortune recently reported on Oracle policies that allow for a possible 10-hour monthly window for maintenance on some cloud services. Now, Microsoft is telling early users of Azure Data Lake that it will be offline for maintenance for 12 hours this weekend starting at 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 9.