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Provide hosting in Canada for Canadians to avoid the US Patriot Act

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      • DonDon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The issue to be aware of before jumping on the band wagon is that if the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified it will specifically prohibit governments in TPP countries from requiring the use of local servers for data storage. So much for keeping our data safely within Canada and out of the hands of other nations government agencies. This is from the Globe and Mail article posted by George below. Not sure I would recommend MS cloud adoption to clients at this juncture nor be anxious to put any confidential info on a MS server.

      • Kenny ChanKenny Chan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Guy - are there any local customer use only restrictions like in Australia and India? Or are the Canadian Datacenters open for anyone to use?

      • Tony DongTony Dong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Waiting for update information now, hopes end of this year, we can have it in Canada.

      • Chris Pat SamChris Pat Sam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft -- How about an update as to when the Canadian data center (Toronto and/or Quebec City) will open? We too are holding off decisions based on availability in Canada. Monthly updates would be a good thing !

      • ReneRene commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would it be possible to get a timeline for the rollout to Canada? We're making a decision on hosting for a system that must be PIPEDA and PIPPA compliant very soon.

      • KathleenKathleen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With the lowering of the Canadian Dollar - purchasing Azure servers in US dollars has almost doubled in the last year. When is this being hosted in Canada?

      • Gonzalo ParraGonzalo Parra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any update on this? Microsoft has not even touched the subject since that press release back in June... would be nice to have a little more info about when is this coming...

      • Tara ZieminekTara Zieminek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's really tough to sell SaaS to a large Canadian client (government, oil, etc.) if you tell them that their data will reside outside the country. Canadian hosting is critically important if Microsoft wants Canadian developers to use Azure.

      • MikeMike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Check THIS out!! http://reimagine.microsoft.ca/en-ca/ (re: Azure coming to Toronto)

        "MICROSOFT CLOUD TO TOUCH DOWN IN CANADA
        Locally deployed Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will help power Canadian business

        Toronto, June 2, 2015 – Microsoft today announced plans to deliver commercial cloud services from Canada. Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will be delivered from Toronto and Quebec City in 2016, further strengthening Microsoft’s footprint in Canada’s competitive cloud landscape."

        ...Timing is "early 2016"

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