Microsoft Project Natick is an innovative research project to discover new ways of hosting datacenters underwater. The goal of this research project is to determine the feasibility of subsea datacenters powered by offshore, renewable energy. Since 50% of the Earths population lives near the coast, this has potential to host data and compute capacity for Cloud computing much closer to customers and end users. There are also some other benefits as well.
Microsoft Azure is generally available in over 30 regions around the world. Each region is home to a vast array of servers hosted within 1 or more datacenters.. This is something that’s very apparent in Azure; especially since you need to choose a specific Azure region to host services in. However, something that’s not quite as apparent is the concept of Azure Region Pairs. Specific Azure regions are paired together. This article explains what Azure Region Pairs are, and the benefits that come within them.
What are Azure Region Pairs?
Microsoft operates Azure Regions all over the world. Each Azure Region is strategically placed within a specific geography, and almost all the Azure Regions are located within the same general geography as at least 1 other Region; it’s pair. The only exception to this is the Brazil South region currently, which is the only Azure Region in Brazil.
A while ago I posted on the fact that Microsoft Azure Data Centers are Made of ITPAC Containers. This doesn’t just make the data centers more modular and easier to maintain, but it’s also done in an effort to optimize for power usage, and overall water and energy consumption. Read More
Azure has come along way in regards to features and pretty much every aspect of the service since it’s initial launch in 2010. In the last 5 years, Microsoft has spent a huge amount of money growing out this new cloud business. Now that Azure has been tested and proven over time, it’s gained the credibility necessary to enable Microsoft to migrate its enterprise service business to the cloud.
Azure is a huge piece to the future success of Microsoft.
One of Microsoft’s biggest strengths is in building development and hosting platforms. As more businesses are looking to cloud based services to cut hosting costs and gain efficiencies; Microsoft has been building out the Azure platform and positioning itself as a leader in the very cloud these businesses are looking for. Read More