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Microsoft Azure Availability Zones Launched

September 30, 2017
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Microsoft Azure Availability Zones Launched
Microsoft has announced the launch of Azure availability zones including the MAREA transatlantic subsea cable in collaboration with Telxius and Facebook. The cable will join Virginia with Spain over a high-speed network link.

The main purpose of the Azure Availability Zones is to increase the access of important Azure services within a specific region. It provides not only redundancy but also infrastructure isolation. The newly formed zones are solidly backed by a 99.9% SLA by the software giant.

Commenting on the development, Saad Ladki, Principal PM Manager at Microsoft revealed that the company got feedback from customers for the requirement of zones specifically oriented for disaster recovery. Moreover, the zones should allow synchronous communication.

The new availability zones will be useful if you are writing data and would like to work with multiple isolated locations. However, the region pairs will not work because of the high latency. The zones will take the requirements of the developers to the next level.

Technically, the Azure Availability Zones are isolated located identified by fault. It provides redundant power, cooling system, and networking.

Responding to media, Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure at Microsoft disclosed that the addition of availability zones enable customers to work on mission-critical applications with fault tolerant datacenter operations and facilities. The Azure provides the required scale to bring critical applications to run effectively for customers across the world. 

As of this writing, thee are over 42 announced Azure regions. However, the availability zones are available only in West Europe (The Netherlands) and East US 2 (Virginia) regions. The company is planning to add additional zone regions in the US, Europe, and Asia by December 2017 including France Central region (Paris).

In addition to managed disks, the Azure Availability Zones also provides support for virtual machines, scale sets, public and internal IP addresses and load balancers.