Those of us working in Canada for Microsoft partners, have been aware of the fact that two Canadian datacenters are due to come online shortly in 2016. This has taken a step closer with Microsoft notifying us that Azure has hit Private Preview within the new Toronto and Quebec City locations. I received this email in my inbox on Monday:
“…Following the announcement in June of our plans to deliver locally hosted Microsoft Cloud services–Microsoft Azure‚ Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online –from Canada‚ today marks the next major milestone: the start of the Azure Private Preview!
Today‚ a group of customers and partners have started testing Azure as a locally hosted service in our Toronto and Quebec City datacenters.
The response to the Azure Preview has exceeded our expectations‚ reflecting both the demand and opportunity we have. Our cloud services empower Canadian businesses of all sizes and across all industries to move to the cloud. 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. The new locally delivered services in Canada feature the same industry-leading levels of security, privacy, control, compliance, and transparency that define the Microsoft trusted cloud globally…”
I already have one customer signed up for the Azure Private Preview, i’ll be writing more about my experience on this over the coming months. There’s sure to be a rush towards deployment to Office 365 and Azure once these locations hit GA (General Availability).