Today Microsoft Canada Inc. announced the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure since the Company launched two Canadian cloud data center regions in 2016.
Azure Availability Zones will be added in the Azure Canada Central region, that will increase the compute capacity by more than 1300% since 2016, when the region first went online.
Availability Zones are high-availability offerings that protect customer applications and data from data center failures in unique physical locations, within a region of Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure.
Microsoft’s new investments are meant to provide customers with high availability, performance and resilience to rapidly scale and therefore supposed to forward innovation in Canada.
In addition, Microsoft Canada plans to significantly increase compute capacity and new capabilities in the Azure Canada East region, which will go live in the first half of the year.
“Microsoft cloud services have been a core component to the growth and development of thousands of Canadian organizations, and we continue to make significant investments in both cloud solutions and skilling programs to ensure that all of our customers, whether private or public sector, startup or enterprise, are able to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada.
Peesker added: “The launch of Azure Availability Zones take Azure to a new level in Canada by offering customers increased reliability, performance and business continuity so they can thrive in the digital age.”
The Company will be the only hyperscale cloud provider in Canada to offer Availability Zones and disaster recovery with in-country data, with this addition.
Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), a worldwide operating software leader.