Teams in Australia and Japan
Following their August 10 announcement that Teams data services had been deployed in the Canadian Office 365 datacenters, Microsoft announced on August 26 that they will deliver Teams from Office 365 datacenters in Australia and Japan from August 27, 2018. The Sunday announcement came just in time for the start of the new business week in the target regions.
Teams has many dependencies on core Office 365 services such as Exchange Online (group mailbox and calendar), SharePoint Online (file storage and wiki), OneDrive for Business (personal storage), and Azure Active Directory. In addition, Teams consumes many Azure-based services. The Teams data services store messages and media (images, etc.), and these are the ones now deployed to Australia and Japan.
The Australian datacenters offering Teams services are in New South Wales and Victoria while the Japanese are in Tokyo, Saitama, and Osaka.
As with any datacenter launch, it is new customers who will receive service first. Existing customers in Australia and Japan already have Teams services delivered from another Office 365 datacenter region and it will take some time for Microsoft to set up the necessary arrangements to allow tenants to transition to their preferred region.
For more information about Teams, see Chapter 13 in Office 365 for IT Pros.