Despite the rising popularity of cloud computing, security has remained a major business concern. With Microsoft’s cloud services previously being hosted overseas, varying privacy laws could mean unwanted access to business data stored in the cloud. Microsoft addresses such data sovereignty concerns by its move to local data centres, a key step in the rollout of Microsoft cloud services in the country.
These services will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud, and Office 365 partners can deliver geo-redundant backup as well as faster performance, said Microsoft’s director of partner business and development, Philip Goldie.
Existing Office 365 customers with services hosted in its Asia Pacific region will be automatically moved to Australia unless they opt-out. Customers will be given six weeks advance notice of their move date, which will occur out of business hours.
Microsoft partners expect the arrival of Office 365 on Aussie shores to drive uptake, with some customers waiting for locally hosted services.
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