One of the largest gaps that Azure has had when compared to the competition has been the lack of high-availability options. The most glaring has been the lack of Availability Zones, which have been available in all the main providers such as AWS, Google and even Oracle.
Basically, Availability Zones allow cloud admins to deploy cloud resources to separate datacenters within a region. This ensures that applications will remain online even if one of the provider’s datacenters go down.
Microsoft has announced a public preview of their Availability Zones to help protect you from datacenter-level failures. These Availability Zones are located inside an Azure region, and each one has its own independent power source, network, and cooling. These zones are separate datacenters which are located “10’s of miles”, from each other. Microsoft has super-fast network connections between the zones, and have stated that they maintain very strict rules on the network latency between these datacenters. Read More
In this video, I show you the specifics on comparing Azure Region pricing information around Virtual Machine hosting. As you can see, the Azure Regions do have different pricing for some of the Virtual Machine instance sizes. This is something that could potentially impact what Azure Region you host your VMs in. Read More
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.
The Microsoft Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) provides secure, reliable content delivery with a broad global reach along with rich features. The Azure CDN endpoints are not the same as the Azure Regions, and Microsoft has the list of cities for the CDN locations published in the Azure documentation. However, a list of city names isn’t very good at allowing you to visualize the true global reach of the Azure CDN.
To help better visualize the Azure CDN endpoint locations, I’ve put together the Microsoft Azure CDN Interactive Map that allows you to pan around and zoom in/out to more easily see where the Microsoft Azure CDN endpoints are located around the globe.
The Microsoft Azure CDN Interactive Map is Open Source and hosted on Github if you’re curious to see the source code behind it too!
The number of Microsoft Azure regions and data centers is greater than both Amazon and Google combined. Azure is huge cloud, but where exactly are the 30+ Azure regions located? Microsoft does publish updated static maps from time to time to give you a sense, however, nothing beats an interactive map where you can pan and zoom.
I’ve put together the Microsoft Azure Regions Interactive Map to provide a simple interactive map that allows you to pan around and zoom in/out to more easily see where the Microsoft Azure data centers are.
The Microsoft Azure Regions Interactive Map is Open Source and hosted on Github if you’re curious to see the source code behind it too!