Microsoft Launches Azure Availability Zones in South Korea

  • Ensure business continuity based on resilience and reliability for the domestic customer through Azure Availability Zones
  • Protect the datacenter by preparing conditions for physical separation from system errors and natural disasters
  • Currently, Availability Zones are provided in 22 regions around the world including South Korea … scheduled to expand Availability Zones to more regions in which we operate datacenter by the end of 2021

October 21, 2021 – Microsoft launched Azure Availability Zones (AZ) in South Korea.

Microsoft opened Azure Availability Zones in the central region of South Korea to meet the needs of domestic customers for resilience and business continuity. Availability Zones are designed to achieve resilience and reliability for business workloads. Therefore, they consist of at least three datacenters equipped with independent power, temperature and moisture control, and physical security.

Azure Availability Zones can protect datacenters because they ensure physical separation from unexpected disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and fires, as well as software and hardware failures. In other words, if one zone in a region is affected, the other two zones in the region can support the service. Moreover, Azure Availability Zones have higher availability, fault tolerance, and scalability than traditional single datacenter.

▲Microsoft opened Azure AZ(Azure Availability Zone) in the central region of South Korea

Azure Availability Zones are connected by a high-speed, high-performance network with a round-trip latency of less than 2 ms (milliseconds, thousandths of a second). It minimizes the impact on customers by providing a rapid service response. All data traversing within or between Availability Zones is encrypted in compliance with the highest security standards, always providing customers with a secure and resilient environment.

As Microsoft has added new Availability Zones in South Korea, Microsoft is currently offering Availability Zones in 22 regions around the world. Microsoft plans to expand Availability Zones in every country where Azure service is operated by the end of 2021. All datacenter regions to be built in the future will include Availability Zones.

“Microsoft Korea’s ability to support customer digital innovation has been considerably strengthened owing to the establishment of Azure Availability Zones in South Korea” said Seungho Song, Azure Business Group Lead at Microsoft Korea. “Microsoft will listen to customers’ opinion and connect these demands to services so that various organizations in South Korea can operate infrastructure in a resilient and stable environment in the future” he added.

Microsoft operates more than 60 cloud regions in 140 countries, the largest number in the industry. Microsoft is providing services with the best performance efficiency, speed, reliability, and security in the industry through Azure’s global network connected by over 130,000 miles (approximately 209,000 kilometers) of submarine, terrestrial, and metro fiber optic.

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