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Microsoft announces the general availability of new cloud regions in Japan
Last year, Microsoft announced Windows Azure services for Japan to meet the growing demand for cloud services. On Tuesday, February 25, Microsoft shared the general availability of new cloud regions — Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture). Japan’s cloud market has grown considerably in the last few years and this growth is only expected to increase, with the projected 2014 forecast estimated at around $1.6 billion according to IDC. Similarly, Windows Azure continues to experience unprecedented levels of growth, with compute capacity doubling every six to nine months and more than 1,000 customers a day signing up for Windows Azure. As a result, the Japan expansion will help fulfill the current and future needs of Microsoft’s cloud customers in the region. The expansion will provide customers in Japan with benefits to ensure highly available services that will help them grow their business and deliver a consistent experience across Windows Azure, and on-premises and service provider clouds. It will also provide customers with access to more secure, highly available services with geo-redundancy to ensure optimal business continuity during major disasters.
For additional details read The Official Microsoft Blog post by Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise marketing, Microsoft.