In Depth: Microsoft Datacenters In Canada

If you are a business in Canada, and you want to utilize the cloud in your business, then you may have a problem. If your business has the requirement to have data reside in Canada for either regulatory reasons or “piece of mind”, then that’s a show stopper as no major cloud provider has a presence in Canada. This was something that was a topic of conversation when I spoke to representatives of Avanade last week as they are leaders in working with companies who want to utilize the cloud.

That changed recently when Microsoft opened two datacenters in Canada. One in Toronto and one in Quebec City. This brings Azure (which includes Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute which lets you extend your on-premises network into the Microsoft cloud over a dedicated private connection) and Office 365 access to Canadian customers with their data staying in Canada. To further enable customers to sleep better at night, The Microsoft Cloud is a global leader in compliance with the broadest portfolio of certifications in the industry including ISO 27001 certification and are audited under the SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 SOC 1 and SOC 2 standards. In addition, Microsoft was the first cloud service provider to adopt the uniform international code of practice for cloud privacy and data protection, ISO/IEC 27018, which provides guidelines for protection of personally identifiable information. From the standpoint of Avanade (who by the way is a Microsoft partner), this will accelerate the usage of the cloud in Canada, as it removes any and all roadblocks that a Canadian business might have had prior to the existence of these datacenters.

Now all of this is very good, but it’s going to get even better for Canadians, Microsoft will soon add data residency in Canada for Dynamics CRM Online in September 2016. That will further accelerate the use of the cloud by Canadians as it brings in one more target audience who can utilize this game changing technology. If that isn’t enough, if you’re a Canadian who is already on the Microsoft Cloud, and you want to bring your data “home”, that’s possible as well.

The bottom line is that if you’re a Canadian business and you want to utilize the cloud to run your business without the worries about data residency, the Microsoft Cloud is the answer thanks to having a pair of datacenters in Canada that takes all the worry out of utilizing the cloud as your data is in country and hosted by a company who has your back.


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