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Microsoft rebuffs the Zero Outage initiative

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December 2, 2016

Microsoft has turned down an invitation to join a consortium of technology titans that are closely teaming together to work on greatly minimizing network crashes that can cripple cloud service availability to businesses.

Dubbed the 'Zero Outage Initiative', the project was launched last month by founding members HP Enterprise, Cisco, IBM, Brocade, Hitachi Data Services, Dell EMC, Fortinet, Juniper, NetApp, SAP, SUSE and T-Systems.

This impressive group of IT vendors will try to mitigate technical defects, human errors or untrained process execution, among other functions.

Tim Wasle, a T-Systems staffer and spokesperson for the group said it wanted to “identify and react faster” to technical incompatibilities, by “more complete testing” and “sharing best IT industry practices”.

“For anyone in the industry that wants to join, it's open to all. We are looking for additional members, especially in the IT service provider area,” he asserted.

Wasle added that he opened the ways for Microsoft to join but received a negative response. “No, so far it's not interested. We asked if it wanted to join the initiative when it was in the early stage at CeBIT this year. I don’t know why they are not interested,” he said.

The same offer had yet to be put to Google or AWS, but “we’d be happy to work with Microsoft,” he asserted.

The software behemoth also declined an offer us to explain its position and neither Google nor AWS were forthcoming. Nobody, it seems, yet wants to be associated with an outage group.

More than five years ago, Microsoft admitted that it can’t guarantee 100 percent uptime, and as we've seen, competitors can’t keep their services up and running all the time either. We'll keep you updated.

Source: The Zero Outage Initiative.


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