New Azure Availability Zones to provide customers with expanded capabilities in 42 regions

Sep 21, 2017   |   Suzanne Choney

Azure Availability Zones, which allow customers to run mission-critical applications with higher availability and better resiliency, were announced Thursday for 42 regions worldwide.

“Starting today, customers can begin using Azure Availability Zones in preview to build highly available applications,” writes Tom Keane, Microsoft Azure head of Global Infrastructure. “Availability Zones increase Azure’s resiliency capabilities and broaden options for customers to choose the business continuity solution that is right for their organization.”

Microsoft has also designed Availability Zones to “give customers great confidence in delivering services and with an industry-leading, financially backed 99.99 percent virtual machines uptime SLA when generally available,” Keane says.

Availability Zones are immediately available in preview in two regions, East US 2 in Virginia and West Europe in the Netherlands, with plans to offer preview to additional regions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia before the end of the year including Microsoft’s new France Central region in Paris.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure Blog.

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