Microsoft understands that for its enterprise customers to realize the benefits of cloud computing, they must be willing to trust their cloud services provider with one of their most valuable assets—their data.
Although Microsoft cloud services are global in scope, it recognizes that a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work for everyone.
To help meet the needs of customers and prospective customers in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) who have expressed concern about the security and privacy of their online data in a digital world, Microsoft has developed Microsoft Cloud Germany: a separate instance of Microsoft industry-leading enterprise cloud services hosted and operated entirely within Germany, with special protections built in to help assure customers that their data will remain there with access controlled by a local company.
The Microsoft Cloud Germany – Compliance in the cloud for organizations in EU/EFTA white paper explains what Microsoft Cloud Germany is, how it is different from and similar to Microsoft cloud services worldwide, and how the data trustee model provides both technical and legal protection for customer data.
To get the most out of the Microsoft cloud platform, readers should be familiar with basic Azure and cloud computing concepts, as well as security and compliance fundamentals—they will not be discussed here. Links to additional materials can be found on the Get started with Azure webpage as well as through the Microsoft Trust Center and the Azure Security Information portal.