Microsoft Canada today announced that its new Canadian cloud regions in Toronto and Quebec City are delivering an operational preview of Microsoft Azure cloud services to select customers. This milestone marks the start of a significant expansion of Microsoft’s cloud services into Canada, according to the company.
The preview gives select customers and partners a chance to run enterprise-ready Azure services which enable scalable access to infrastructure and storage services from the new cloud environment, helping customers achieve more through a highly scalable global cloud platform.
“Today, our ‘early adopter’ customers are the first to utilize Microsoft Azure from our cloud regions here on Canadian soil,” said Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy. “For banks, governments and others who need to know exactly where their data sits, this represents a major leap forward in their ability to fully harness the power of the cloud.”
According to IDC, the government market for public IaaS is expected to outpace the overall Canadian IaaS market with a 48% growth rate through 2019. The SMB market is also projected to grow at a steady rate of 27%.
Azure is generally available in 22 regions around the world. As previously announced, Microsoft plans to launch Azure from the Canadian cloud regions into general availability in Q2 2016, followed by its flagship productivity solutions Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online.
Azure customers in Canada will benefit from enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with in-country data residency, including data replication in multiple locations within Canada for business continuity, and a financially-backed service level agreements (SLA) with 99.9% availability.
Microsoft is adding new datacentres in Canada that will both deliver Microsoft cloud services and provide commitments for core data stored at rest within Canada for Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online. Microsoft will become the first cloud provider in Canada to offer an enterprise-grade, hyper-scale, true hybrid platform certified to meet customers legal and compliance requirements, the company says.