Microsoft launches Azure regions from Korean data centres
Tue 21 Feb 2017
Microsoft Cloud has announced the launch of two new Azure data centre regions in South Korea, as it fights to claw market share away from competitors Google, AWS and regional giant Alibaba.
The new data centre hubs will be based in Seoul and Busan and will take Microsoft’s APAC data centre footprint to a total of 13 regions. The new Korean infrastructure is expected to provide a range of cloud services to Asian customers, including an Office 365 offering which will be generally available later this year.
According to an official Microsoft blog post, the new facilities have been designed to deliver world-class reliability and performance, as well as local data residency – including replication of data across Korean sites to ensure business continuity for both pure cloud and hybrid setups.
‘People and organisations across the globe are increasingly powered by the cloud, which is fuelling innovation on every corner of the planet,’ said Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Azure Networking, Yousef Khalidi.
‘The geographic expansion of Azure enables our customers to achieve higher performance and supports their requirements and preferences regarding data location to meet the growing demand for an intelligent, global, enterprise-ready cloud,’ he added.
On the announcement, Al Koh, CEO of Microsoft Korea noted the results of a recent Digital Transformation study in Asia. The report found that just 18% of business leaders surveyed in Korea are implementing a full digital strategy.
Conversely, Koh pointed out that almost 80% of those surveyed agree that every organisation should be embracing digital strategies to enable growth. He continued to highlight that 76% regard cloud computing as essential to their digital transformation journeys.
‘Hundreds of organisations have signed up to use these new Azure regions to gain access to a comprehensive and complete set of cloud services to empower their digital transformation and accelerate local innovation,’ said Koh.
The new Korean additions will join the global Azure infrastructure which now totals 38 regions worldwide. Microsoft claims that this footprint is ‘more than any other major cloud provider’.