With over 50 regions worldwide, Azure has more global regions than any other cloud provider. When you have to choose a region for your Azure resources, consider these four factors:
- Not all services are available in all regions
You have to ensure all resources you want to deploy are available within the desired region. Here is a nice overview of Products available by region.
- Prices vary by region
Not all Azure Regions have the same pricing for the same resources. While most of the time you are looking for the closest Azure Region to your company / customers, you may consider choosing another Region due to the lower pricing model. A good resource to determine the price for a resource for a specific region is the Azure Pricing Calculator.
- Latency from your customer to the Azure datacenter
For performance reason you want to choose the Azure region with the least latency to your company / customers. To measure the latency you can perform a Azure Latency Test on AzureSpeed.com
- Location of your customer data (data residency)
You may have specific compliance or data-residency requirements that will force you to use a specific region. Get data residency details.
Additional information: Learn more about Azure Regions