Microsoft to extend public cloud services in its Japan-based data centres

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 17 November 2014
Microsoft to extend public cloud services in its Japan-based data centres

Microsoft is to extend its public cloud services to include Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online in its 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, will offer locally hosted Office 365 services before the end of this year. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

This will enable Microsoft to provide Japanese customers with additional flexibility and choice when they deploy a global-scale public cloud platform. It will also help customers in the financial services, healthcare and central and local government sectors to comply with domestic data security regulations.

“Demand for cloud computing continues to accelerate across the globe and here in Japan,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “We are excited to meet this demand with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM services that deliver all the benefits of public cloud technology with the improved performance and flexibly that locally hosted services provide.”

Current Office 365 customers will be automatically migrated from the current service to the new locally hosted service in Japan. Designed to have minimal service impact for users, the migration will occur outside of normal working hours.

Microsoft aims to work closely with more than 1,500 of its cloud partners in Japan to deliver new and innovative public, private and hybrid cloud services to help companies to boost their productivity and transform their business models.

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