Microsoft to offer cloud services from Germany amid privacy concerns in UK

Microsoft has officially announced that it is going to offer its Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamic CRM Online services through data centers located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt am Main in Germany. This new decision of Microsoft comes after the raising concerns over data privacy in and around UK.

On digging deep into details, it is revealed that the access to customer data stored in these new data centers will be under control of Deutche Telekom’s T Systems, acting as a data trustee. Microsoft will not be able to access this data without the permission of customers or the data trustee. If in case, the permission for data access is granted by UK Ministry of Defense, then Microsoft has to do the data access under the supervision of Deutche Telekom’s T Systems.

Meeting compliance requirements efficiently and reliably, Microsoft’s Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online cloud services in Germany will specifically address organizations and enterprises operating in data-sensitive areas such as the public, financial or health sector.

These locally deployed versions of Microsoft’s commercial cloud services adhere to German data handling regulations, and customers will be able to view how and where data is processed.

Note- These services will only be limited to UK users seeking cloud services from Microsoft. For others it depends on the objective of priority.

Two data centre regions in Germany will ensure business continuity and data will be exchanged through a private network to ensure data resides in Germany. They will provide consistent service levels and security standards, including multi-factor authentication with biometric scanning and smart cards, data encryption by SSL/TLS protocols based on German certificates, physical security controls, and protection against natural disasters and power outages.

The roll-out is planned to begin in 2016, and the availability of services is anticipated to begin in the second half of the year.

More details are awaited!

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