Microsoft has announced of launching two new Azure regions in Australia in the first half of 2018, this increases the number of Azure regions worldwide to 42, which it says is "more than any other major cloud provider".
With this expansion, Microsoft will become the first major cloud provider to offer regions specifically focused on the needs of the government and their partners in Australia.
The upcoming two new regions are intended to be capable of handling sensitive "Unclassified data" as well as "Protected data." These new regions are designed to cater the needs of government, growing certifications from the Australian Signals Directorate, and a history of empowering digital transformation of organizations," writes azure team.
Government customers currently using secure Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) will be able to directly connect to Azure in Canberra.
"Protected is a data classification for the first level of national security classified information in Australia. This is being achieved through a strategic partnership with the Australian-owned firm Canberra Data Centres (CDC)," writes the team. "CDC are the preeminent specialist datacenter provider for secure government data in Australia with four modern Canberra-based facilities that hold the accreditations and security controls to handle even Top Secret classified data."