Microsoft announces 50 regions for Azure

Microsoft Announces New Azure Availability Zones In addition to new data centers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Geneva and Zurich, there will also be two new data centers in Germany. However, Microsoft currently does not communicate where they will be located.

According to a map , the planned regions are called Germany North and Germany Central. Germany Northeast and another Germany Central already exist. In Switzerland, Swizerland North and Swizerland West are planned. In South Africa and in Australia, Microsoft wants to build new data centers. When the data centers in Germany become available without the trustee model, Microsoft does not communicate at present.
With the new offers Microsoft wants to reach above all international enterprises. For the trustee model is apparently only the right solution in rare cases.

Microsoft also announces plans to plan 50 availability regions. For this Microsoft will have to create twelve more regions. Over the past three years, Microsoft has been driving Azure's infrastructure expansion and more than doubling the number of available regions. Thus offer Microsoft more regions according to own data than any other cloud offerer.

Azure Competitor and Market Leader Amazon Web Services delivers a total of 54 Availability Zones in 18 geographic regions worldwide . Twelve other regions are currently planned.

Microsoft also makes Office 365 and Dynamics 365 available in new regions and now delivers these services to users in 17 geographic regions.

In addition to the global availability regions, Microsoft also offers a special German cloud , which, however, is operated by Telekom, which means that Microsoft has no access to the data of the customers. The services are therefore also provided by data centers operated by Telekom. However, as the Handelsblatt reported, the demand for this service should be rather low.

These protected areas run under the term Sovereign Regions at Microsoft. These are available for government agencies in the US, the physically isolated Trustet Cloud in Germany and for China, where Microsoft, together with a local provider, offers its own version of Azure. Only yesterday it became known in advance that Microsoft now plans its own infrastructure in Germany .