Living in a country with low population density and very poor internet, going to the cloud can be a big challenge at times. What looks fast and responsive on US demos ends up being very substandard here for many reasons.
We have known for a while that Azure data centers are coming to Australia and it seems like they are starting to come online as you see from the above graphic. This shows the speed to different Azure data centers and down the bottom of the list now appears Australia! Yeah!
It will be fantastic when these become available via the azure portal for hosting things like Virtual Machines. It’ll be nice to have a piece of the Microsoft cloud in our own backyard for a change.