Microsoft today announced it is opening a Windows Azure Region in Brazil, slated to come online in early 2014. This will be the service’s first major expansion into South America.

Microsoft says it will begin to on-board preview customers in the next four to six weeks. The company is promising new and existing customers in Brazil will experience “better performance through reduced latency and will have the ability to keep their data in the country.” The latter is a particularly important point given the recent NSA spying revelations.

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