Azure Germanx Reloaded
In a press release, Microsoft has now officially announced the launch of its new Azure data centers in Germany. With the new data center regions with servers in Frankfurt and Berlin, the software group is once again offering cloud solutions that meet local regulatory requirements for data management, security and compliance. At the beginning, however, the entire portfolio is not yet available, the start will be with Microsoft Azure; Office 365 and Dynamics will follow in a few months.
With the Microsoft Cloud Germany, the company already offered cloud services from Germany together with Deutsche Telekom in 2015. In contrast to the solution now presented, Microsoft Cloud Germany was not connected to Microsoft's global cloud network and only had a limited offering. Due to the probably only moderate demand, the Microsoft service was discontinued last year and is now only available to existing customers.
The new data center regions are now designed so that customer data is stored and processed in Germany but is still an integral part of the global Microsoft network. According to Microsoft, this gives them global connectivity, integrated solutions and access to the latest services.
The extent to which Microsoft provides its existing customers with migration paths from the Microsoft Cloud Germany or from the European data center regions is not yet known.