This session is one of the sessions of Azure Bootcamp Switzerland 2022.
In this session, Primo Amrein, the “Mr. Swiss Azure Datacenters” will give an overview about the current state of the Swiss Azure Datacenters.
🙂 PRIMO AMREIN ⚡️ Cloud Lead @ Microsoft
Check out Primo at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/primo-amrein-12a336/
Azure Swiss DCs Update Session
Primo Amrein – Cloud Lead Microsoft Switzerland
2 – 200 – 20'000
Great progress in the Swiss Cloud Regions since the launch >2 years ago:
• >200 Azure services available locally after having started with less than 50
• >20’000 customers onboarded in Swiss DCs
Swiss DCs Progress and Azure Price Drop
Azure Workloads Launched in Recent Months
• Mv2 VMs (up to 11.4 TB memory) in Switzerland North & West
• Azure NetApp Files in Switzerland North & West
• Data Box in Switzerland North & West
• Azure Archive in Switzerland North
• Azure Communication Services in Switzerland North
• Speech-to-text STT & text-to-speech TTS with Schwiizerdütsch
Implications / Opportunities
• Strong signal: significant investment to Swiss DCs, being
• Largest SAP environments unblocked with Mv2 and ANF
• Data Box enables backup scenarios and first cloud steps for new
cloud customers in particular within PS
• Azure Archive engagement e.g.in FSI
• Increased Swissness with STT & TTS, enables local bots and call
Azure Workloads Launched in Recent Weeks
• Machine Learning
• Azure Confidential Computing
• Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare
• Azure Arc-enabled servers
• Azure Stack Edge Pro 2
Implications / Opportunities
• Machine Learning unblocks new workload types locally.
• Confidential computing applies to various use cases for
protecting data in regulated industries.
• Enabling healthcare ecosystems with local data residency.
• Arc-enabled servers is a key step to enable hybrid and
multicloud environments in the Swiss DC.
• Stack Edge Pro 2 designed for deployment in edge locations
such as retail, telecommunications, manufacturing or PS
Azure Confidential Computing Heads-up
• Azure Confidential Computing in the Intel SGX variation launching with DCsv3 VMs in Switzerland North
• Huge investment to Swiss region, ahead of e.g. Germany or France
Azure Services Availabilities and Roadmap
What are Availability Zones (AZs)?
• Each Azure AZ-enabled region includes a minimum of three physically
separated “zone” locations / DCs
• Each zone has independent power, cooling and networking infrastructure
‐ i.e. a facility-level failure or single fiber-path failure will affect only one zone
• Use Cases
‐ High availability workloads with highest resiliency and availability demand
‐ Applications requiring low latency, round-trip less than 2 milliseconds between
Availability Zones protect your
Each AZ-enabled region includes
a minimum of three physically
separated “zone” locations
Three AZs support quorum-based workloads
like SQL or Azure Service Fabric.
Zones have independent power,
cooling, and networking infrastructure
A facility-level failure or single fiber-path
failure will affect only one zone.
Azure management services
are replicated across zones
Azure management services are redundant,
so a single zone failure will not affect other zones.
Ongoing maintenance and releases
are orchestrated zone by zone.
Launch Model Overview
1.Managed Access (MA) (no public communication)
Controlled launch: To ensure quality, this is a gradual ramp-up phase
with customers given access to Availability Zones step-by-step.
2.General Availability (GA) (including local & Corp announcement)
Update of Azure.com; all customers and partners can see and use AZs
in Switzerland North
Zonal Services Launch Approach
• Don’t assume anything available regionally today will be available zonally with zones launch
• All Azure Zonal Foundational services are available, full list here
• Mainstream zonal services follow step-by-step over the months. The public page talks about
90 days – in our case, this will not happen for all services.
• A few mainstream services are already available in Switzerland North:
• Azure Kubernetes Service AKS
• Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Flexible Server
• Redis Cache
• Private Link
• Network Watcher
• Container Registry
Services / DCs Unique Value Proposition
• It takes time to build up all the locally available cloud services
• Set-up with geo-redundant region Switzerland West: we offer an additional option with in-
country disaster recovery approx. 200km away
Azure Public Sector Cloud Design
- Legal context to the Swiss Public Sector cloud design
- Swiss Information Protection Regulation & data categories
- Control objectives and risks
- Azure control framework and blueprint description
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