Microsoft is planning to build two data centres in Canada to support cloud computing services to government departments with “data sovereignty” requirements. According to Janet Kennedy, president of Microsoft Canada, they have been in negotiations for more than seven years with the federal government about the location of the server farms that could host sensitive government data, including records about citizens or government programs. These new data centers will not serve government agencies and Microsoft’s cloud customers in Canada.
For example, right now if the Canada Revenue Agency wanted to save Canadian tax returns in a Microsoft cloud storage service, that data could be transferred across a number of international borders. In an era of heightened fears about Internet security, some government agencies need to ensure that sensitive information never transits over networks outside Canada.
One of the data centres will be in Toronto, the other in Quebec city.
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Source: The Globe And Mail