Microsoft to build Australian cloud computing centers

SYDNEY Mon May 20, 2013 6:55pm EDT

The Microsoft logo is seen on the wall of the company's branch in Prague March 17, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny

The Microsoft logo is seen on the wall of the company's branch in Prague March 17, 2013.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is expanding its services for hosting and processing online data in Australia with the establishment of two new "cloud" computing data centers in the country.

The world's biggest software company said on Tuesday it was expanding its Windows Azure business to include a major new region in Australia.

Data centers, renting out technology resources such as computing power and storage, will be established in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

"These two locations will be geo-redundant, offering our customers the ability to back up their data across two separate locations, both within Australia," Toby Bowers, Microsoft Australia's Server & Tools Group Lead said on company's blog site. "We know that providing disaster recovery, while ensuring data sovereignty goals are met, is critical to many of our customers."

Such cloud computing, pioneered by Amazon.com Inc, is a fast-growing business for Microsoft and has attracted other big tech names including Google Inc.

Microsoft claims more than 200,000 Windows Azure customers, but the company does not break out the revenue from it.

(Reporting by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Gary Hill)

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Comments (1)
BrokenToaster wrote:
Though cloud computing enables the subscriber to access/store their data easily, I do not trust it.

Pros:
Store data easily
Could be future alternative to computing.

Cons:
-higher Security risk to your data from hackers
-No privacy (You are using a company’s server)
-Could be subjected to future fees and data regulations.
-Would be cheaper to use as workstation, but station would be useless without it.

Personally, I prefer to have my own network and data storage rather than rely on any company (especially Microsoft). If you want to move data then plan ahead. Why trade security for simplicity?

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