Address the "Snowden/NSA" issues in every territory in a visible and concrete manner
Let developers and consultants configure where certain data is stored (geographically) and also verify that it is really stored in the given location and does not cross international boundaries at any time. This is important for most companies since they are bound by compliance regulations, insurance, and legal best-practices that require this granularity for particular type of data.
Large scale dev commented
Asking for my data to never ever even when being replicated leave the country where the data store is located.
Important, also includes only having Microsoft admins located in the same country as the data center to have any interaction with the data, its storage, its configuration, etc.
Needs to be audit-able to show that only IP addresses from within the same data center country have accessed the data.
Charles Dibsdale commented
some countries have data export and privacy laws, we need to be able to mark up some data sets with metadata to help us apply rules to ensure data stays within the regional and country laws
Marvin Püthe commented
You could select the Option locally redundant and the storage is only replicated in this datacenter:
"Locally redundant storage (LRS) is replicated three times within a single data center. When you write data to a blob, queue, or table, the write operation is performed synchronously across all three replicas. LRS protects your data from normal hardware failures."
And when you select Geo-redundant storage it is only replicated in a region for example Europe or Asia.