Azure to go live in Australia next week

A short post as technically I’m on leave – but exciting news: as reported by Microsoft the two Azure datacentres in Australia will be live next week.

This is something we’ve been waiting to hear about for quite some time. Sources had told me last year that we should have been expecting something before Christmas 2013, then it got moved to between May to November – and here we are just shy of November 2014.

Speculation will now rise about Office 365 being made available in Australia, and while I suspect we may see that at some point – it will only be when Office 365 is truly a service that sits on top of Azure. Currently only the identity management & rights management component of Office 365 reside within Azure so there is *some* of it now residing locally.

Hopefully this launch helps starts to loosen some of the laggards from the data sovereignty/residency or latency anchors they’ve been using to keep themselves from moving to Office 365.

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