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Microsoft unveils new Azure cloud regions in Switzerland

Microsoft's recent updates to various Azure services include enhancements for Archive Storage, new tools for VMware solutions, and cross-Azure IoT collaboration with IoT messaging. Today, however, the tech giant has announced the availability of its cloud computing services from new regions in Switzerland. These will be located near the cities of Zurich and Geneva.

According to the firm, this move has been made to address the increasing customer demand for Azure with more companies opting for its cloud services. Moreover, access to Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform will also be provided for customers who utilize the new regions. A high degree of scalability, resiliency, and security has been promised by Microsoft for organizations that use these cloud services.

Among more than 30 customer and partner organizations that use Azure services in Switzerland, companies that have been specifically highlighted are the UBS Group, the Swiss Re Group, and Swisscom. Others that will also be choosing Azure through the new regions include BKW, City of Zug, die Mobiliar, Exploris Health, Skyguide, and more. Yesterday, Tresorit, a Swiss cloud encryption firm that uses Azure data centers to host customer data, also announced new data residency options for enterprise clients.

With the emergence of new regions, Microsoft is working to address situations where security and compliance standards surrounding data localization are of the utmost priority. The Redmond giant has also noted its "deep expertise" in this regard, in order to further alleviate concerns new customers might have.

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