According to Toby Bowers, server and tools group lead at Microsoft Australia, the Windows Azure region will consist of two sub-regions in NSW and Victoria, with geo-redundancy to provide backup within Australia.
Both Azure Platform Services and Infrastructure Services will be offered within the region.
The announcement mentioned two local customers, iCareHealth Australia and Fortescue Metals Group.
"Windows Azure services will help iCareHealth deliver the electronic tools to nursing and care staff to assist them in their work of delivering consistent, high quality care to an increasingly larger number of elderly Australians, and those with special needs," said iCareHealth managing director Chris Gray.
There was no indication of when the Australian region will go live, or if pricing will be any different to the existing locations.