This morning Microsoft announced the addition of a new Azure Edge Zone in Western Canada, further increasing their significant cloud footprint in Canada, and the addition of 500 local technical jobs.
The new roles will help build leading applications in Intelligent Communications, Office, Azure, OneDrive, Web Experiences and mixed reality, growing Microsoft’s presence in the city to 1,700 employees.
Azure Edge Zones are extensions of Azure’s cloud services and are intended to place infrastructure close to customers to support latency-sensitive workloads and improve connectivity to the world’s largest cloud.
The Vancouver Edge Zone is complementary to existing Canadian Azure locations and will enable Western Canadian healthcare and public sector customers to address data residency and compliance requirements.
Microsoft also announced the creation of a new Data Innovation Centre of Excellence in Toronto which will provide deep technical resources including critical data analytics and local engineering expertise to help Canadian organizations harness the power of data and cloud technology to accelerate their digital strategy.