Microsoft today announced their plans to deliver the Microsoft Cloud services including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new datacenter regions, located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This is not just another new data center region announcement. German data trustee, Deutsche Telekom, will control and oversee all access to customer data in these data centers. This will protect customers from illegal access by other governmental agencies.
These new cloud services will be a first of their kind innovation from a global hyper-scale cloud provider, in that access to customer data stored in these new datacenters will be under the control of T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, an independent German company acting as a data trustee. Microsoft will not be able to access this data without the permission of customers or the data trustee, and if permission is granted by the data trustee, will only do so under its supervision. “Microsoft is pioneering a new, unique, solution for customers in Germany and Europe. Now, customers who want local control of their data combined with Microsoft’s cloud services have a new option, and I anticipate it will be rapidly adopted”, says Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG.
Availability of services is anticipated to begin in the second half of the year 2016. Services will be available to customers in Germany, the EU and the EFTA.