Microsoft has announced that it has expanded our Southeast Asia Azure Region in Singapore. As part of this expansion, Microsoft Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the company’s Southeast Asia Azure Region.
As a high-availability offering that protects applications and data from datacentre failures, Availability Zones are physical locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone is made up of one or more datacentres equipped with independent power, cooling and networking.
To ensure resiliency, there is a minimum of three separate zones in all enabled regions. The physical separation of Availability Zones within a region protects applications and data from datacentre failures. With Availability Zones, Azure offers industry-leading 99.99 percent Virtual Machine uptime SLA.
“Not only does this strengthen our cloud capabilities to meet the needs of our customers, including both public sector as well as corporate customers, this also builds upon our extensive cloud portfolio to enable customers to design resilient applications for comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy,” wrote Patrik Bihammar, Cloud & Enterprise Lead, Microsoft Singapore in a blog post.
“With Availability Zones complementing our Availability Sets and Region pairs, Microsoft Azure provides the most comprehensive offering for customers to design resilient applications. By building application architecture using a combination of Availability Zones with Azure region pairs, customers can synchronously replicate applications and data using Availability Zones within an Azure region for high-availability within Singapore, and asynchronously replicate across Azure regions for geographic disaster recovery protection.”