Microsoft India announced new Azure availability zones in its central India data centre area on Wednesday, increasing the resiliency and redundancy of client workloads on its cloud.
Azure availability zones are physically and logically distinct data centres with their power, network, and cooling systems. If one becomes unavailable, the others ensure that the system remains operational.
The new Azure availability zones in Pune, according to the company, provide uptime of up to 99.99 percent, allowing Microsoft customers in India to spread their infrastructure and applications across many data centres, enhancing security and accessibility.
“We are continually upgrading the infrastructure in India to provide support for customers building and operating applications and workloads,” said Rajiv Sodhi, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India.
“From facilitating architectures for modern cloud applications to meeting data residency requirements, the new Azure Availability Zones in Central India will bring resilience to businesses as they accelerate digital transformation,” he added.
Azure availability zones enable enterprises to distribute their infrastructure and applications across many data centres, providing additional safety and isolation against localized failures such as mechanical or electrical issues, building fires or flooding, or any other unforeseen disaster.
Microsoft claims it considers more than 30 viability and risk-based criteria when deciding how availability zones should be configured.
“We believe this launch of a new Azure Central India Availability Zones from Microsoft will further enhance the resiliency and availability of mission-critical applications for us, as well as our clients in the region,” said Abhijit Mazumder, VP, and Chief Information Officer, Tata Consultancy Services.