Arguably the most used buzzword around the Redmond campus these past few years has been cloud computing. Since the launch of Windows Azure, cloud has taken the center stage for the world’s biggest software company.

So important are cloud services becoming for Microsoft that the company is planning to expand its cloud infrastructure by building two new data centers in the Land Down Under.

The two new data centers are to be established in New South Wales and Victoria. As Toby Bowers, Microsoft Australia’s Server & Tools Group Lead, explained:

“These two locations will be geo-redundant, offering our customers the ability to back up their data across two separate locations, both within Australia. We know that providing disaster recovery, while ensuring data sovereignty goals are met, is critical to many of our customers.”

The Windows Azure business has seen some remarkably aggressive expansion these past few years.

It is now one of the most important divisions for the technology titan that is already betting big on cloud services. Not only has it recently launched Office 365, the cloud-powered version of its famous productivity suite, a cloud-based Windows for corporate usage is also rumored to be in development.

Needless to say, Microsoft is now one of the forerunners of cloud, already offering a multitude of solutions, and with numerous ones in various development stages.

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