Earlier today Microsoft announced that they will be opening a Windows Azure region in Australia with sub-regions in NSW and Victoria. This is great news for cloud computing in Australia. Late last year Amazon Web Services launched its own Sydney region comprising of two availability zones – more competition in the IaaS space will be surely drive costs even lower!
The key here here is the announcement of two separate sub regions – this means customers can build out geo-redundancy without their data ever leaving Australian shores. No more round-tripping to Singapore or US West , what happens in Australia stays in Australia!
In case you missed the announcement “Today at TechEd Sydney, we opened our 18th and 19th regions for business, in New South Wales and Victoria.”
Booyah ! check out the console – Australia East & Australia SouthEast are open for business !
Thats pretty much 15 months after the initial announcements, I’m sure a lot of co-workers in Melbourne will be rubbing their hands together today !