Microsoft today announced the general availability of Office 365 Germany, a new offering will help address the needs of the most regulated organizations, such as in public sector and financial services, in Germany, the European Union (EU), and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
As the name suggests, Office 365 Germany delivers collaboration and productivity services from German datacenters, with customer data stored at rest exclusively in Germany, and strict customer data access and control measures via a unique data trustee model governed under German law.
The data trustee, T-Systems International GmbH, an independent German company and subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, controls all access to customer data by anyone other than the customer and their users. Office 365 Germany helps organizations adhere to strict EU data protection regulations and gives them additional choice of how and where their data is processed.
In September 2016, Azure became the first cloud service available from the new Microsoft datacenters in Frankfurt/Main and Magdeburg, Germany. Later in the first half of this year, Dynamics 365 will reach general availability in Germany.
Christian Glanz, member of the executive board at Deutsche Vermögensberatung, a German financial advisory company which serves around 6 million clients explains: “Office 365 Germany enables our employees to shape their office routine and work truly from anywhere. We are convinced that Office 365 Germany not only meets the strict global data protection and data security standards, but also addresses the specific requirements that many German businesses have on data protection and compliance through the German datacenters and the German data trustee – this also applies to highly sensitive data held by Deutsche Vermögensberatung.”