TORONTO, March 14, 2016 – Microsoft Canada today announced that its new Canadian cloud regions are delivering an operational preview of Microsoft Azure cloud services to select customers. This milestone marks the start of a significant expansion of Microsoft's trusted cloud services into Canada. The preview gives select customers and partners a chance to run enterprise-ready Azure services which enable scalable access to infrastructure and storage services from the new cloud environment, helping customers achieve more through a highly scalable global cloud platform.
Azure is generally available in 22 regions around the world. The new Canadian cloud regions are part of Microsoft's plans for six new regions, all backed by Microsoft's $15 billion (USD) investment in global datacentre infrastructure. As previously announced, Microsoft plans to launch Azure from the Canadian cloud regions into general availability in Q2 2016, followed by its flagship productivity solutions Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online.
Azure customers in Canada will benefit from enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with in-country data residency, including data replication in multiple locations within Canada for business continuity, and a financially-backed service level agreements (SLA) with 99.9% availability. The new locally delivered services in Canada feature the same industry-leading levels of security, privacy, control, compliance, and transparency that define the Microsoft trusted cloud globally.
Excerpts from a Microsoft press release article - https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/web/datacentre/press-release.aspx