As Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has been leading the push to reinvent the company with a mobile-first, cloud-first focus, Azure is expected to become an increasingly important business for the technology giant.
And while Microsoft’s Azure is still trailing behind market leader Amazon Web Services, the Redmond giant is investing massively in its data centers and as of today Azure is available generally available in 30 regions around the world.
Hosting software company Atomia recently published a global map of all Azure and AWS data centers and it’s fascinating to compare how both companies have invested over the years (via Data Center Knowledge):
As you can see on the map, Microsoft currently has approximately twice as more Azure data centers than its competitor. Interestingly, Amazon has no data centers in the UK and Canada and only one facility in China and India (compared to three Azure data centers in each country for Microsoft). In South Korea, Microsoft will soon catch up to its competitor with two new data centers that you can see on this other map available on the Azure website:
As you can see, Microsoft is committed to making its Azure cloud ubiquitous and this will be especially important for customers looking to move their business to the cloud but which need their data to be stored in their country. Let us know in the comments if you think Microsoft’s huge data center investments will allow the company to catch up to Amazon in the future.