On Wednesday, Microsoft announced it will invest in the development of a new Windows Azure region in Brazil. The investment represents an important step in the company’s cloud expansion strategy and its commitment to the country and Latin America.
Worldwide, Windows Azure is currently available in 89 countries and 19 currencies, and Microsoft will expand this into Brazil in the first half of 2014. As Steven Martin, general manager of Windows Azure, says in a post over on the Windows Azure Blog, the Windows Azure Brazil Region will provide better performance for local companies through reduced latency. Additionally, customers will be able to opt for Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), which will maintain three copies of their data in Brazil, preserving data residency.
Companies of all sizes are using and benefiting from Windows Azure in Brazil, including Boa Vista Serviços, Globosat and Linx, which rely on Windows Azure to run their businesses.
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Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog