Microsoft to Strengthen its “Microsoft Windows Azure” Business in Japan Will set up Japan Region

[May 23, 2013]

Enabling in-country disaster recovery with Tokyo and Osaka sub-regions

 Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd. (head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; president: Yasuyuki Higuchi) announces plans to expand Windows Azure services in Japan with a new major region. The new Japan major region will include two sub-regions, located in Tokyo and Osaka, enabling the in-country delivery of Windows Azure services. This new major region will offer additional capacity and flexibility to serve the rapidly growing market, estimated to be 27.8% CAGR by 2017 (The source: Report No.J13280102, IDC Japan), for cloud computing services in Japan. Customers can continue to use the Hong Kong and Singapore sub-regions until the new major region is operational.

 “Windows Azure has already brought enterprise class cloud computing to over half of the Fortune 500 and more than 200,000 businesses worldwide” said Microsoft Corporation CEO Steve Ballmer, “We’re excited to continue our ongoing investment in the Japanese market with the addition of a new Windows Azure major region to bring Japanese businesses all the benefits of Windows Azure while protecting data sovereignty and increasing performance.”

 Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi said, “A great many customers in Japan have used Windows Azure to transform their business through cloud computing. The creation of a new Windows Azure major region in Japan will enable customers to keep their data and applications in Japan to provide data sovereignty. The Tokyo and Osaka sub-regions also provide customer’s in-country disaster recovery improved performance. We at Microsoft Japan believe that by creating a Japan region and developing stronger ties with our partners here, we can contribute even more to strengthening the competitiveness of Japanese customers using the cloud services.”

 In addition to Windows Azure’s existing Platform Services, Microsoft announced Infrastructure Services (Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks) capability in April 2013, and 48 partners in Japan have voiced their support for these new services. Furthermore, Microsoft has certified 26 Windows Azure Circle partners, to help customers gain cloud computing benefits by providing high quality Windows Azure system integration.

 The creation of the Windows Azure Japan region will also continue the collaboration between Microsoft and Fujitsu Limited, who will build on their existing partnership to enable additional service offerings.

 Microsoft will continue to work with its partners to support the global business of its Japanese customers by leveraging Windows Azure’s global network of major regions and sub-regions, including the new Japan region.

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