DATA PROTECTING PROBLEM STARTER Microsoft is reacting to an increased demand for customer information by taking it to Germany via the cloud.
This makes some sense. Microsoft already has some offshore data that it keeps in Ireland. However, there are eyes on that and hands ready to grab it, and Microsoft goes to efforts to prevent that access.
It will be hoping to do the same with its German data trove, presumably, which will let customers relax a little about their data and its location.
Microsoft is handing over responsibility here, though. While services including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, through German data centres, it is Deutsche Telekom that will "control and oversee all access to customer data".
"Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every individual on the planet to achieve more," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft.
"Our new data centre regions in Germany, operated in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, will not only spur local innovation and growth, but offer customers choice and trust in how their data is handled and where it is stored."
Microsoft is effectively removing itself from the equation, and it explained that it will have to go through DT to access data, if and when it feels that such an intervention is just. Deutsche Telekom is happy with its role.
"Microsoft is pioneering a new, unique, solution for customers in Germany and Europe. Now, customers who want local control of their data combined with Microsoft's cloud services have a new option, and I anticipate it will be rapidly adopted", added Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG.
Rapid adopters will have to wait until the middle of next year before they can take advantage, but when they do they should expect to be flushed with consistent service levels and top drawer security, according to the involved parties.
Microsoft is not alone in turning to Europe, and other parties have seen it as a safe haven, even while Safe Harbour falls apart.
Data centres are certainly on the Microsoft agenda right now, and earlier this week Nadella was talking about setting one up in the UK that could turn data into power. µ
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