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Microsoft Adds Azure Availability Zones, Stretches Australian Cloud

April 02, 2018 / Pedro Hernandez

Microsoft is accelerating its transformation into cloud-first technology company, not only with major personnel moves, but also by increasing the reach of its Azure cloud-computing operations. Recently, the company announced the general availability of its new cloud application service called Azure Availability Zones in select regions in the U.S. Reducing the risk cloud of data center outages for organizations that place their critical workloads on Microsoft's cloud, Azure Availability Zones first debuted Virginia and the Netherlands as a beta service in September 2017, followed by Singapore. The fault-tolerant service provides failover capabilities using facilities that are physically separated, each with its own network, power and cooling infrastructures.