Microsoft has made its Office 365 cloud productivity suite available in data centres in Japan.
The company, which has delivered Microsoft Azure from two data centres in the Japan East and Japan West regions since February 2014, revealed plans to offer locally hosted Office 365 services from Jpaan last month. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be available in these data centres by the end of the first quarter of 2015.
“Offering Office 365 services from local data centres helps customers in sectors such as financial services, healthcare and central and local government better comply with regulations that require data to be kept in Japan,” said John Case, corporate vice president at Microsoft, in a blog post. “Of course it also delivers the ubiquitous collaboration, personalised insight and people-centric compliance that customers have come to expect from Office 365.”
Current Office 365 customers will be automatically migrated from the current service in the Asia-Pacific region, to the new locally hosted service in Japan.
Customers such as Kameda Medical Center, Sony Life Insurance and local governments including, Toshima-ku and Satsumasendai City, have signed up to use Office 365. The companies will be able to store their data in Japan-based data centres to address data sovereignty concerns and providing improved reliability.
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