Three years after the launch of its first datacenters in the United Kingdom, Microsoft has added "Availability Zones" to its "United Kingdom of the South" region in a move designed to attract public sector customers.
Microsoft claims that "tens of thousands" of British organizations are already using Microsoft cloud services provided by the UK following the launch of local features in 2016 (a move encouraged by partners).
UK public sector organizations using Azure include the Department of Education and HMRC.
But today, the giant has announced that it has added "Zones of availability" in one of its two regions of the United Kingdom ("UK South") in a move that says "likely to attract public sector organizations interested in hosting potentially sensitive information safely and locally ".
Availability zones offer customers access to separate physical locations within an Azure region with independent network, power and cooling, Microsoft said.
For anyone who uses two or more availability zones in the same Azure area, Microsoft claims that it guarantees virtual machine connectivity to at least an instance of 99.99 percent of the time.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced the availability of Azure DevOps in the southern region.
Microsoft has claimed to have increased its processing capacity by more than 1,500% since its UK Azure regions were first introduced online in 2016.
Although Microsoft drags AWS into sharing the public cloud market, Azure now has more regions around the world than any of its competitors, at 54, Microsoft boasted.
CEO of Microsoft UK Cindy Rose (in the picture), said: "The Microsoft cloud has become a key component of the strategies of thousands of UK organizations since launching services from our regions in the UK in 2016. We continue to make significant investments to ensure that our customers can accelerate the their digital transformation journeys and their adoption of cloud services.
"By doubling our UK regions and increasing our processing capacity by over 1,500 percent, our customers can be assured that they can access any Azure service available in the UK regions whenever they wish. Launch of Zones of Availability brings Azure to a new level in the United Kingdom offering customers greater reliability, business continuity and tranquility for their data and services ".