Microsoft launches two Azure regions in Germany
Wed 21 Sep 2016
Microsoft has announced the general availability of its two new Azure regions in Germany, Germany Northeast (Magdeburg) and Germany Central (Frankfurt am Main).
While the data centres will immediately deliver computing, networking and storage services, Microsoft has scheduled Office 365 applications to go online for customers from the first quarter of 2017, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM suite in the first half of 2017.
The tech giant first spoke of its plans to launch the regions in November last year, and began a preview period in March. According to today’s release, a trustee partnership with Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Systems International ensures that the facilities’ cloud offerings comply with strict German data privacy and sovereignty regulations.
Microsoft noted that new German cloud customers include driveline and chassis manufacturer ZF, which is interested in the Azure IoT Suite to allow for improved connection, control, and management of its transport technologies.
Data processing firm TELEPORT, digital workplace solutions provider Haufe Group, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, are also among the first German organisations to cooperate with Microsoft’s new regional cloud offerings.
Microsoft’s move into Germany follows rival Amazon Web Services (AWS), which opened a data centre region in Frankfurt in 2014. Cloud leaders Microsoft, AWS and Google, are all pushing to expand their geographic reach to reduce latency issues and meet country-specific data handling laws.
Azure recently expanded to the UK, with two British regions going live earlier this month. Plans for Korean regions are underway too, as well as two Azure Government locations in the United States specifically for the Department of Defense – catering to the data requirements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), among other federal bodies.
The are currently 34 Azure regions announced globally, of which 30 are generally available.