Microsoft has expanded the presence of Azure in India by launching new availability zones in the central region of the subcontinent. The launch shall boost the Indian customers’ cloud resilience as the availability shall allow the enterprises to diversify their infrastructure. In addition, the dispersion of datacenters will ensure better protection and insulate companies from incidents that may range from mechanical failures to natural disasters.
The availability regions shall provide the customers with mission-critical applications access and required services to execute workloads of various magnitudes. This expansion cements Azure’s status as the world’s most geographically available cloud network. This aspect was possible due to Microsoft’s presence across the world.
These availability zones are geographical strategic data centers that come with their own power source and cooling. Their independent network ensures that the others step up and continue the operations and scalability if one data center goes under. The geographical positioning also ensures better and compliant security as Azure can comply with the security laws of India.
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One of the latest availability regions is in Pune, and it shall ensure 99.99% uptime. This is a massive boost to Indian Azure customers as they can now expand their business operations across the data centers with the security and services bettered by Microsoft.
Microsoft India Chief Operating Officer, Rajiv Sodhi, said, “Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure comprises more than 60 announced datacenter regions around the world – more than any other cloud provider – and has been essential in connecting people, businesses, and governments while running mission-critical applications. We are continually upgrading the infrastructure in India to provide support for customers building and operating applications and workloads. From facilitating architectures for modern cloud applications to meeting data residency requirements, the new Azure Availability Zones in Central India will bring resilience to businesses, as they accelerate digital transformation.”
Commenting on this expansion, Abhijit Mazumder, VP and Chief Information Officer, Tata Consultancy Services, said, “Cloud-First is an important component of the TCS’ Business 4.0 framework that guides our internal IT strategy, and which our Microsoft Business Unit uses extensively to further our customers’ growth and transformation agenda. We believe this launch of a new Azure Central India Availability Zones from Microsoft will further enhance the resiliency and availability of mission-critical applications for us, as well as our clients in the region.”
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Microsoft is also doubling down on building low-latency data networks to support high-availability cloud services. The swift-paced networks also sport the capability to store and process data within the region of the country it is in. This aspect is vital as the clients no longer have to worry about regulatory compliance issues.
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