Microsoft has launched new availability zones in its India Central Azure cloud region in Pune.

Most Azure regions launch with three availability zones; three unique physically separated locations or “zones” to provide higher availability, redundancy, and disaster recovery protection. However, some launch with single zones and add more later.

It said this week three availability zones in the India Central region are now generally available.

“Availability Zones give users additional options for high availability for their most demanding applications and services as well as confidence and protection from potential hardware and software failures by providing three or more unique physical locations within an Azure region,” the company said in a brief announcement about the news.

Microsoft opened three Indian cloud regions in Pune, Chennai (South India), and Mumbai (West India) in 2015. Pune is the only one of the three regions with three availability zones.

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