Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Microsoft to add capacity at ALL its data centres in major cloud push against Google, AWS

Virginia and Amsterdam have already seen services boosted, with other 40 cloud regions to follow in the months away.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has unveiled plans to add additional capacity at its data centres as the company intensifies its investment to catch up with AWS and Google.

The additional capacity comes in the form of availability zones, described by the technology giant as fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking.

The first Availability Zones put to work are now in preview in two regions, East US 2 in Virginia and West Europe in the Netherlands, with plans to offer preview to additional regions in the US, Europe, and Asia before the end of the year including our Microsoft’s France Central region in Paris.

Tom Keane Head of Global Infrastructure, Microsoft Azure, said in a blog post: “Starting today, customers can begin using Azure Availability Zones in preview to build highly available applications.

“Availability Zones increase Azure’s resiliency capabilities and broaden options for customers to choose the business continuity solution that is right for their organization. We have also designed Availability Zones to give customers great confidence in delivering services and with an industry-leading, financially-backed 99.99% virtual machines uptime SLA when generally available.

“Availability Zones allow customers to run mission-critical applications with higher availability and fault tolerance to data centre failures. With 42 announced regions worldwide (more than any other cloud provider) and backed by one of the largest networks on the planet, Azure offers the scale needed to bring applications closer to users and customers around the world.

“With Azure’s geographic expansion, we invest in providing the best cloud experience possible including expanding and upgrading our global network.”

Microsoft’s cloud announcement comes shortly after the company’s cable Marea was completed.

The 6,600Km cable, built with Facebook and Telefonica, has a capacity of up to 160 terabits, and will be used to speed up traffic exchange between the US and Europe, and beyond into Asia and North Africa.