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Microsoft to launch two new Azure data centres in Canberra

Microsoft to launch two new Azure data centres in Canberra

Microsoft Tuesday announced the acquisition of a cloud computing orchestration firm, Cycle Computing, that's meant to help bolster its Azure cloud platform.

According to Canberra-based Kavanagh, such an approach has led the Australian Signals Directorate to certify a total of 52 services across Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 - "far more than all other cloud services combined".

"New regions created to cater for the needs of government, growing certifications from the Australian Signals Directorate, and a history of empowering the digital transformation of organisations is helping Microsoft become the most trusted, innovative cloud for Australia", boasted Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure at Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft is partnering with Canberra Data Centres to add two new regions to their Azure footprint. Today we couldn't be happier to announce that we're joining Microsoft to accelerate HPC cloud adoption.

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"We've built Canberra Data Centres from the ground-up over 10 years with a singular objective to be the most trusted, flexible and resilient platform for government innovation", CDC CEO Greg Boorer added.

Also commenting, Tom Keane, Head of Global Infrastructure at Microsoft Azure, said that Australia is a critical cloud market for the company.

Microsoft isn't always the fastest company when it comes to new trends and markets. Microsoft was one of the first cloud providers to secure approval to handle unclassified data under the ASD's new certification process in 2015.

While the Azure services are only now certified for unclassified data, Microsoft's Australian government customers can use the Azure Stack hybrid cloud service to handle data with higher levels of classification.

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"We see awesome opportunities in joining forces with Microsoft".

In July, Microsoft then announced the ability to order Microsoft Azure Stack, making Microsoft Azure the only cloud platform with truly consistent hybrid capabilities.

The two CDC campuses are the only private data centre facilities in Australia with the security controls and accreditations appropriate for the handling of Top Secret government data.

Microsoft describes Cycle Computing as "a leader in cloud computing orchestration" that has "years of experience with the world's largest supercomputers".

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He said this marks the first opportunity for public cloud services from a major provider to be located in the same secure facilities as some of Australia's most sensitive government data.