Windows Azure becoming local in Australia

Two geo-redundant locations planned for NSW and Victoria

Microsoft is making Australia a new major region for Windows Azure, with plans to enhance its Cloud services in the country by opening two sub-regions located in New South Wales and Victoria.

In his latest blog post, Microsoft Australia server and tools group lead, Toby Bowers, said the move will “enable the delivery of Windows Azure services locally…and allow [Microsoft] to better address [its] customers’ and partners’ Cloud computing needs.”

The focus is therefore on catering for customers’ needs for an enterprise class public Cloud which is delivered locally.

Bowers said the two locations will be geo-redundant, allowing customers to backup data across two separate locations, both of which are in Australia, in turn promising disaster recovery while ensuring data sovereignty goals are met.

“Customers can get started now by using virtual machines to build test and development environments that give developers a platform to innovate at a faster speed, and by migrating .NET and Open Source applications, SharePoint, SQL and Active Directory onto virtual machines in Windows Azure,” he said.

Once both sites become fully operational, Microsoft teams will assist with the application, virtual machine, and services migration process.

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