Microsoft’s Windows Azure services platform is now available in Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture).
According to analyst IDC, Japan’s cloud market has grown considerably in the last few years and is estimated to increase by around US$1.6 billion in 2014. Storage usage for Windows Azure has also grown ten times in the past 15 months, indicating a need to provide Japanese cloud customers with secure and highly available services to help them grow their businesses.
In addition, the services will enable local customers to achieve data residency and realise data recovery scenarios, as data will be replicated between the two regions.
Microsoft has already invested more than US$15 billion in its cloud infrastructure, providing more than 200 cloud services to more than one billion customers in 90 markets around the world. The company aims to grow its cloud business and deliver a consistent experience across Windows Azure, partner-built and on-premises clouds.
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