Microsoft is expanding their Visual Studio Online footprint to include an instance in Australia. This adds to the several instances they have in the US and the one we have in Europe.
VS Online has logic to auto-select your region based on the IP address you are signing up from. It tries to default you to the “best” region for you. You can, of course, override it by choosing any of the regions from the list. The Australian region is special though and I want to make a few comments about it.
Anyone can create a VS Online account in the Australian region, however, not everyone can pay for resources in the Australian region. If your account is free and always will be, you have nothing to worry about. If you plan to purchase user licenses, build minutes, load test minutes, etc. then you need to think. For reasons that I don’t thoroughly understand and won’t try to explain, we can only bill usage in the Australian region to customers with Australian or New Zealand billing addresses. If you create an account in the Australian region and then decide you want to pay for something, you will need to move it to another region if you have no way to supply an Australian or New Zealand billing address.
Read more about it here.