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Azure Australia data centre undergoing final testing

The containers are in place and the lights are flickering

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One of the two data centres Microsoft Australia will use to house antipodean Azure is undergoing final testing, The Reg understands.

One recent visitor to a data centre in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde where Azure will operate has told The Reg certain areas of the facility are off-limits, because Microsoft doesn't want unauthorised folks getting a look at its kit.

A person familiar with the matter told The Reg that installation of Microsoft's containerised server rigs has completed and that several months of testing are under way before the service will be taken live.

The Reg also understands that The Australian's report naming NextDC as Microsoft's local hosting partner is accurate, at least in the Sydney facility.

Testing of the Sydney bit barn is, we understand, well-advanced but likely to continue for at least several weeks. ®

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