In our discussion about Azure cloud architecture; we got as far as the database. Let us spend a few minutes and go over where the physical datacenters are located. Azure has several different data centers around the world. The locations are…
- Chicago, Illinois
- San Antonio, Texas
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Dublin, Ireland
- Hong Kong, China
Azure allows you to decide which primary datacenter you want to use during deployment/setup configuration. Microsoft decides the secondary/backup datacenter. I believe this will be changing in the near future so you can choose both the primary and secondary locations. You have no say in where Microsoft stores its internal backup copies of your data.
Ok, I think at this point in our discussion we need to take a break and go ahead with a discussion of some current laws/concepts that may affect our decisions about putting data in the cloud, and where we put it. This discussion will be a good overview about current legal regulations and privacy. Privacy being a main concern in the media right now because of the fuss over Google this discussion comes at a good time. So please come back to my blog. Next the next three posts will be about Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Stored Communications Act, and Fourth Amendment.