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Microsoft sees 775% spike in Azure Cloud Services

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Microsoft’s cloud services have seen a 775% surge in usage in areas where lockdowns and social distancing have been enforced. Microsoft Teams Power BI and Windows Virtual Desktop are among the services where usage is increased as people have been forced to work from home.

Cloud solution provider had recently announced that it would priorities capacity provisions for critical healthcare organisations to ensure the relevant workforce can work from home and stay up and running during the coronavirus outbreak. However due to lockdown in several areas demand for cloud services are surging, the company has said it will “expedite” the creation of new capacity.

Tech Giant wrote on its blog post “We’re implementing a few temporary restrictions designed to balance the best possible experience for all of our customers. We have placed limits on free offers to prioritise capacity for existing customers”.

“We are expediting the addition of significant new capacity that will be available in the weeks ahead. Concurrently, we monitor support requests and, if needed, encourage customers to consider alternative regions or alternative resource types, depending on their timeline and requirements. If the implementation of these efforts to alleviate demand is not sufficient, customers may experience intermittent deployment-related issues.”

Azure has been a two-hour outage for Microsoft Teams in Europe region. The service went out on the first Monday of remote working due a spike in usage.

Azure Cloud Services Usage Surge

However, Software giant then announced that Microsoft Teams had seen 12 million more users in March, increasing the number of daily active users to 44 million. Also Windows Virtual Desktop usage has grown more then 3x and Microsoft’s business analytics Power BI has surged by 42 percent in a week.

“We’ve been in discussions with several ISPs that are taking measures to reduce bandwidth from video sources in order to enable their networks to be performant during the workday,” Microsoft said.

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