Microsoft to add a new Windows Azure region in Brazil

Microsoft to add a new Windows Azure region in Brazil

Summary: Microsoft will allow cloud customers in a new Brazil Region to store their data locally once Microsoft brings that area online in early 2014.

TOPICS: Cloud, Microsoft

Microsoft is planning to add Brazil as its newest Windows Azure Region in early 2014.


Company officials announced the expansion plans on December 4, noting that Microsoft will begin to onboard preview customers in that region in the next four to six weeks.

The Brazilian Region will represent Microsoft's "first major expansion" into South America. The company already announced in the past year expansions into Japan, Australia and China.

In 2010, Microsoft did a "country launch" for Brazil, allowing customers there to make use of its Azure public cloud. But these users' data wasn't stored in country. The new region support means Brazilian users will be able to keep their data in the country, Microsoft officials noted in today's Azure blog post.

"As the rules and regulations on data management continue to evolve in Brazil, customers using the Brazil Region will be able to opt for Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), which will maintain three copies of their data and will not replicate their data outside of the country. Geo Redundant Storage (GRS) remains the default option when creating a storage account because it provides our highest level of durability by storing data in a second region, in this case our US South Central region for customers using the Brazil Region as their primary," blogged Azure General Manager Steven Martin.

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Australia

    I was exciting when, back in June I think, Microsoft said Azure was "coming soon".
    Unfortunately we're still waiting :(

    Any news on when it might be available, even if just to MS partners? (it's a shame that I'm more likely to get an answer faster, and even at all, from a journalist rather than from our own MS partner contact manager, whoever that is this week).
    • Australia

      I asked that same question to an Azure rep when it was announced and they said 12-18 months. So don't hold your breath.
  • Next expansion to follow in...

    Papua New Guinea!
    Around 2022...
    With highly attractive academy and school licensing plans :)