Microsoft adds Availability Zone capability to Azure Auckland

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Microsoft adds Availability Zone capability to Azure Auckland

The forthcoming New Zealand North Azure region in Auckland will get an Availability Zone feature for additional services and higher reliability, Microsoft said.

Azure Availability Zones allows customers to distribute resouces across three physically separated locations, providing greater infrastructure redundancy.

This is to mitigate against risks such software issues, hardware failures, and natural disasters like earthquakes and flooding, Microsoft said.

Customers with virtual machines deployed across two or more availability zones have a guaranteed service level agreement with connectivity to at least one VM instance 99.99 per cent of the time.

Should uptimes fall below 99.99 per cent, customers will receive a service credit of 10 per cent; if they drop to below 95 per cent, the service credit is 100 per cent, Microsoft says.

In Australia, Microsoft said it will bring Azure Availability to it's Southeast Melbourne data centre region which launched in 2014.

Azure Southeast in Melbourne counts trans-Tasman grocery chain Woolworths among its customers, along with the National Australia Bank.

Azure Australia East in Sydney already provides Availability Zone capability.

At Microsoft's recent Ignite 2022 conference, the IT giant's chief executive Satya Nadella called Azure "the world's computer" and claimed it is the only cloud that "supports all organisations and all workloads, from enterprises to startups to highly regulated industries."

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