Windows Azure Geo-Location Goes Live


With the Windows Azure CTP you can now specific location where you would like your app to run – think of this as choosing which data center you’re placing your app in. Right now, there are three locations (“USA – Anywhere,” “USA – Northwest,” and “USA – Southwest”). It is “a bit” US centric for the moment, understood, but it proves the point. 

Using our new geo-location functionality, you can now specify an affinity between different hosted services and storage accounts. The idea is a smart one on a number of fronts

  1. Performance – put your apps closer to your users and your app closer to the data it uses
  2. Policy – it may make sense to have your data in certain locations to meet legal requirement

You can read more on the Windows Azure blog and in the original announcement from MIX ‘09.

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