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Enterprise IT, Featured, News - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 14:34 - 3 Comments
news Microsoft this morning revealed plans to offer its Windows Azure platform as a service from Australian datacentres located in Sydney and Melbourne, in the latest move by a global technology giant to offer cloud computing services from Australian facilities to meet local demand and address concerns around data sovereignty.
Azure is similar in some ways to alternative cloud computing platforms offered by companies such as Amazon Web Services, in that it does offer infrastructure as a service offerings such as compute and storage on demand. However, it also operates as a platform as a service product that allows developers to build applications using Microsoft’s diverse software environments.
The platform was initially announced by Microsoft in late 2008, and has seen a number of large improvements since that date, including technical additions and new features, as well as new locations. Currently Azure offers services primarily from the United States, where most of the Azure datacentres but it does also offer a number of other regions in Asia and Europe. Australian customers have been known to use Microsoft’s Azure facilities in Singapore.
This morning, on its Australian blog, Microsoft announced a significant expansion of Azure to support Australians with local infrastructure. “As part of our commitment to flexibility and choice, we are announcing the planned expansion of a new Windows Azure major region for Australia,” wrote Microsoft Australia Server & Tools Group lead, Toby Bowers. “When completed, this new major region will enable the delivery of Windows Azure services locally from Australia and allow us to better address our customers’ and partners’ cloud computing needs.”
“The new Windows Azure major region in Australia will consist of two sub-regions located in New South Wales and Victoria. These two locations will be geo-redundant, offering our customers the ability to back up their data across two separate locations, both within Australia. We know that providing disaster recovery, while ensuring data sovereignty goals are met, is critical to many of our customers and we look forward to delivering a solution that meets those requirements.” Continue…
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