In recent news, Microsoft has just added Southeast Asia to its Azure Availability Zones. This will enable customers in the region to access their cloud services. These are hosted separately on a minimum of three physical data locations. According to a blog post by Patrik Bihammar (Cloud and Enterprise Lead of Microsoft Singapore), Microsoft has announced the expansion of Southeast Asia Azure Region in Singapore. As a part of this expansion, Microsoft Azure Availability Zones will now be ‘generally available’ in the Southeast Asia Azure Region.
Availability Zones are basically ‘unique physical locations’ within an Azure region which protect users’ data and applications from data center failures. Each Availability Zone consists of one or more datacenters that are equipped with cooling, independent power and networking. A minimum of three separates zones have been placed in all regions for ensuring resilience.
What changes as a result of the Expansion?
Patrik Bihammar claimed that this move not only helps in strengthening Microsoft’s cloud capabilities for meeting customers’ needs (both corporate and public sector) but “also builds upon our extensive cloud portfolio to enable customers to design resilient applications for comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy.”
He further stated in the blog, “With Availability Zones complementing our Availability Sets and Region pairs, Microsoft Azure provides the most comprehensive offering for customers to design resilient applications. By building application architecture using a combination of Availability Zones with Azure region pairs, customers can synchronously replicate applications and data using Availability Zones within an Azure region for high-availability within Singapore, and asynchronously replicate across Azure regions for geographic disaster recovery protection.”
Microsoft is presently a global cloud service provider possessing the most comprehensive cloud certifications. These certifications also include achievement of the third level of the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584).
Other cloud players have also been considering plans for expansion in the Asia-Pacific region. One of these involve Google. The company recently announced its plans of opening new cloud regions in Hong Kong and Osaka. This will bring the total number to seven by the beginning of next year. Alibaba Group is also working on its cloud gameplay actively by launching a number of cloud products in the August of this year and making Asia-Pacific region a priority for future plans, ZDnet reported.