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Microsoft Switzerland expands its local datacenters with Availability Zones




To reinforce the commitment to providing business continuity, data protection and security in the cloud, Microsoft Switzerland is launching Azure Availability Zones in the Switzerland North datacenter region. The continuous expansion of the local cloud infrastructure confirms Microsoft’s determination to invest in Switzerland and empower Swiss organizations to be more resilient, competitive, innovative and sustainable.


Azure Availability Zones form an important building block of a comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery strategy by ensuring resiliency and high availability of business-critical applications and data through modernized architecture with built-in, end-to-end security. As of today, all customers are able to access Availability Zones in Switzerland North.


Expanding the proven infrastructure


These Azure Availability Zones build on the capabilities and benefits offered through Microsoft’s enterprise-grade datacenters, with presence in the Zurich and Geneva area, which were launched in 2019. Bringing Availability Zones to the Swiss region takes Microsoft one step closer to its commitment of having AZ’s in every country in which it operates the Microsoft Cloud.


“Together with our customers and partners, we have built up massive experience and expertise with our local datacenters over the past couple of years”, says Catrin Hinkel, General Manager of Microsoft Switzerland. “With the continuous investments in the local infrastructure we will empower large enterprises, SMEs, start-ups and public sector organizations to adapt to the rapid pace of change in today’s world by expanding horizons, exploring new business models, developing new markets and experimenting with new products and services for the benefit of customers.”


Resilient, highly available architectures for modern cloud applications and workloads


“As more and more organizations in Switzerland move to the cloud, business continuity, security and data protection have never been more critical”, says Marc Holitscher, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Switzerland. “Essentially, Azure Availability Zones serve as an additional way for organizations in Switzerland to guarantee uptime and continuous access to critical data, applications and workloads. They significantly reduce the risk of impacting events such as infrastructure disruptions, as well as improve recovery time and recovery points – to when data was last backed up.” In addition to the availability zones in Switzerland North, Marc Holitscher said, highly regulated customers continue to benefit from geo-redundant disaster recovery and backup capabilities over 200 kilometres away. At the same time, they meet the local data residency requirements uniquely offered by the Microsoft Cloud in Switzerland.


Continuous expansion of services in all areas of the One Microsoft Cloud in Switzerland


With Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 with Teams and Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, the Microsoft Cloud in Switzerland is the only integrated, secure and highly available cloud platform with guaranteed data residency within the Swiss national borders.


Within the last quarters, many new offerings were launched across the entire local platform such as GPUs, Microsoft Purview, Azure Confidential Computing, Azure Arc-enabled servers, SAP-optimized VMs with up to 11.4 TB memory, Data Box, Azure Archive, Azure Communication Services, Azure Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, Stream Analytics, Azure NetApp Files, and Azure Key Vault Managed HSM.

Furthermore, additional Power Platform modules went live, including Power Virtual Agents, Power Apps Portals and AI Builder, as well as Microsoft 365 modules such as Dataverse for Teams and Live Events.


Read the entire press release here: Microsoft Switzerland expands its local datacenters with Availability Zones - Microsoft Schweiz Suisse Newsroom