Time of Scheculed Maintenance for Windows Azure VMs.
I'm posting this on behalf of my customer who contacted us for a scheduled maintenance which was supposed to affect single instance deployments of Windows Azure Virtual Machines which Microsoft scheduled on December 6, 2013 at 1500 hrs EST US. First of all, Friday, 1500 hrs is not at all off hours when any maintenance should be scheduled. Considering that this is Holiday season and there are 100s of 1000s online websites/businesses which are at their peak time of the year, no one can afford any downtime during this time. Customer contacted Microsoft for rescheduling it to first week of January, 2014 but as it was scheduled globally, there was no possibility of changing it.
This is a request to the concerned team/group that going forward, if there is any planned maintenance going to take place, please schedule it region wise and during the weekend.
I really appreciate the feedback and agree we need to continue to make improvements in our planned maintenance progress.