Microsoft says that Azure Availability Zones are now available to help organizations implement a comprehensive resiliency strategy. The announcement was made in a blog post by Azure Head of Global Infrastructure, Tom Keane.
“We introduced Azure Availability Zones during Microsoft Ignite as part of our continuing expansion of Azure’s support for the most demanding, mission-critical workloads. Today I’m excited to announce the general availability of Availability Zones beginning with select regions in the United States and Europe,” wrote Mr. Keane.
“With Availability Zones, in addition to the broadest global coverage, Azure now offers the most comprehensive resiliency strategy in the industry from mitigating rack level failures with availability sets to protecting against large scale events with failover to separate regions. Within a region, Availability Zones increase fault tolerance with physically separated locations, each with independent power, network, and cooling,” he continued.
Microsoft says that the Availability Zones will provide a 99.99 percent uptime SLA when virtual machines are running in two or more Availability Zones in the same region.