Microsoft Opens Two Japanese Regions for Windows Azure Cloud

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Regions in Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture) are now available to all users of the Windows Azure cloud starting today.

According to Microsoft, these regions were brought online to meet growing demand for Windows Azure services in Japan, where cloud computing as a whole is projected to grow $1.6 billion according to IDC.

Amazon Web Services launched its Tokyo Region in 2011. And IBM, which has been rolling out an aggressive cloud strategy, named Japan as one of the regions where it would add a new data center.

This new Azure region will allow Windows Azure customers to meet data residency goals, while also optimizing for disaster recovery scenarios through replicating data between the two regions.

According to a blog post from Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise marketing vice president Takeshi Numoto, this is part of the company’s commitment to the Japan market, but is also representative of its local commitments to around 90 markets around the world.

“With demand for Windows Azure increasing so significantly, we’re doubling capacity every six to nine months,” Numoto wrote. “Furthermore, in Japan alone, storage usage for Windows Azure has grown 10x in the last 15 months. As we continue at this growth rate, we will work with our customers and partners to ensure that we provide the value and support needed. We look forward to growing Japan’s cloud market, offering customers new options while helping push cloud adoption forward across the globe.”

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