At the time of writing this, there are 60+ Azure Regions with 160+ datacenters located in 140 countries. If there is not yet an Azure Region in your country or locale, you might want to inquire with Microsoft, as there could be one coming soon. This makes Microsoft Azure one of the largest public cloud providers. Along with this, there are also Azure Sovereign Clouds, which adhere to specific laws and guidelines for specific countries.
The following screenshot shows the current deployments of Azure Regions across the world as of the publishing of this book:
Figure 5.2 – Azure Regions’ global footprint circa 2021
So, you might ask: What exactly is the difference between an Azure Region and an Azure datacenter? It might be good to define some terms to provide some clarity on this topic, so let’s do that now:
- Azure Region: An Azure Region is really just a collection of Azure datacenters that are located in a specific...