Microsoft has announced plans to open a Windows Azure Region in Brazil. The region is expected to come online in early 2014. This announcement represents Microsoft’s first major cloud expansion into South America, building on its previously announced expansions into Japan, Australia, and China through is partner 21Vianet.
With the opening of this region, Windows Azure cloud server customers in Brazil would get better performance through reduced latency and an ability to keep their data in the country.
Cloud server storage
As the rules and regulations on data management continue to evolve in Brazil, Windows Azure customers using the Brazil Region will now be able to opt for cloud servers with Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), which will maintain three copies of their data and will not replicate their data outside of the country. Geo Redundant Storage (GRS) remains the default option when creating a storage account because it would provide Windows Azure’s highest level of durability by storing data in a second region, in this case Microsoft’s US South Central region for customers using the Brazil Region as their primary.
Microsoft Windows Azure had its country launch in Brazil back in the spring of 2010. The cloud platform serves Brazilian customers like Boa Vista Serviços, Globosat, and Linx.