Microsoft expands Azure to two new Australian regions

Claudine Rigal
Août 14, 2017

Including its two new additions in Australia, Microsoft has announced or launched 42 Azure regions around the world, which it says is "more than any other cloud provider".

Microsoft specifically notes that these two new regions will be certified to run both unclassified and protected government workloads ("protected" being the first level of national security classified information in Australia). This a result of a partnership with Canberra Data Centres (CDC), a local specialist datacenter provider for secure government data. Government customers now using the secure Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) will be able to directly connect to Azure in Canberra. They will go online in the first half of 2018, making Microsoft - in its own words - "the first major cloud provider to offer regions specifically focused on the needs of the government and their partners in Australia".

"This announcement builds on recent news that dozens of Microsoft Azure services have received certification by Australian Signals Directorate, including services for machine learning, internet-of-things, cybersecurity, and data management", explained Tom Keane, Azure's Head of Global Infrastructure. "Australia is a critical cloud market for Microsoft".

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