Microsoft has begun introducing Azure Availability Zones to help its customers protect data centre failures and a platform to build resilient and highly available applications.
Azure Availability Zones are the isolated locations inside an Azure region, designed with the aim to enable customers to run their most demanding workloads. There is a minimum of three separate zones in 42 announced regions, across the world. This physical and logical separation of Availability Zones inside a region, will help customers to protect their data and applications from failures – Zone level.
The Azure services that support Availability Zones are:
- Linux Virtual Machines
- Windows Virtual Machines
- Zonal Virtual Machine Scale Sets
- Managed Disks
“Availability Zones increase Azure’s resiliency capabilities and broaden options for customers to choose the business continuity solution that is right for their organization. Microsoft has also designed Availability Zones to “give customers great confidence in delivering services and with an industry-leading, financially backed 99.99 percent virtual machines uptime SLA when generally available,” wrote, Tom Keane, Microsoft Azure head of Global Infrastructure in Microsoft official blog
Each Zone has its own independent power, source, network, cooling. At present, there are two regions where these Availability Zones are available in preview, one is East US 2 in Virginia and other is West Europe in the Netherlands.
Microsoft further plans to offer preview in regions of US, Europe, and Asia before the end of the year including new France Central region in Paris.