MICROSOFT has finally announced a local presence for its Azure cloud computing platform with two facilities, company executives said.
Customers in Australia such as the Commonwealth Bank have already been tapping into Azure for some time but this will be the first time they can use a local data centre for Azure.
Microsoft Azure data centres will be located in New South Wales and Victoria.
Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow made the announcement as part of its TechEd conference in Sydney today.
Commonwealth Bank chief information officer David Whiteing said Azure gave it the flexibility to “scale things up and down”, using infrastructure on demand and not as a fixed asset.
Microsoft is also in talks with the likes of SAS Institute to see how Azure can be fine-tuned for the analytics software giant’s products.
Last week SAS said it discouraged its customers from using the Azure platform for its cloud technologies.
SAS business intelligence global product manager Robby Powell said a large portion of its cloud portfolio was running on Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing infrastructure but not Azure.
“We would like to (run on Azure).
“Currently Microsoft Azure’s compute instances don’t have enough memory or core counts to support typical SAS workloads.
“Our advice to customers is ‘stay away from Azure until there’s large enough compute capacity and really get the value from SAS’,” Mr Powell said.
Mr Powell said talks with Microsoft was continuing to ensure its applications could run on Azure.