Microsoft has launched its Azure data center in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, promising to provide fully secured cloud computing services to Brazilian companies concerned about cyber spying.
The new data center will store data within the country and provide customers with better performance through reduced latency.
Microsoft Azure, formerly Windows Azure, is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.
Internet security has become a sensitive issue in Brazil after news emerged that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on its President Dilma Rousseff and the state-owned oil company Petrobras. The construction of more data centers in Brazil is inevitable for U.S. tech firms because the South American country now insists that its websites be hosted within its borders.
Microsoft has several clients for its Azure service in Brazil, including companies such as Boa Vista Servicos, SiplanControl-M, Shop Delivery and Totvs. Until few days ago, these clients were being served from its data centers inside the United States.
The U.S. tech giant has invested US$15 billion in its global data center infrastructure and says it plans to expand its Azure cloud service to every corner of the globe.
Globally, Microsoft says, more than 1,000 new customers join Azure every day, while revenue grew more than 150% in the last quarter. According to reports, the Azure service is currently only available in Southern Brazil.