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Microsoft will open two new data centres in Australia next week

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October 21, 2014

Microsoft said this morning that it is scheduled to open two new Azure data centres in Australia next week.

The opening will coincide with the TechEd Sydney Conference and was revealed in one of Microsoft's Cloud Day announcements.

Microsoft promised “General availability of Azure in the Australia region next week” at that Cloud Day event back in mid-September.

For obvious reasons, the exact location of the two data centres isn't known for now-- Microsoft Australia says they'll be co-located in third party data centres, one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne.

The software giant has rented segregated cages in those data centres that will access the Azure servers.

Similar arrangements are used by Dell, which last week announced two new data centres in Australia as well.

The newly-privatized company has taken space in Digital Realty colocated in Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to its existing facilities in Canberra and Brisbane.

Dell will offer IaaS, SaaS and some lesser-known services, namely Communications as a Service (CaaS), Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS) and managed Backup as a Service (BaaS) to local customers.

Dell is also talking about a managed services model in which its enterprise customers rent capacity from the company's data centres rather than buying on-premises servers.

While Microsoft has launched its own private cloud in a box, Azure Australia looks to be a more conventional public cloud play.

Both companies are keenest on Australian clients using the new facilities, especially government users who might previously have worried about foreign powers seizing their data.

But there's also an undercurrent of global expansion in the announcements as well-- a presence in Australia may introduce unwelcome latency, but does offer a politically-and-technically stable option for those assembling world-spanning cloud infrastructure.

Source: Microsoft Corp.

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