This morning we made an announcement that will be especially interesting to Australian education customers. The news is that we’re going to be running Dynamics CRM and Office 365 in Australia datacentres by March.
This follows our launch two months ago of the two Microsoft Azure datacentre services, which provide datacentre servers from NSW and Victoria, and the ability for customers to ensure that they can provide full geo-redundancy between two datacentres over 600km apart, but within the same country.
As the press release says:
|With Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft is delivering the industry’s most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography. Microsoft delivers over 200 services to over 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses are served by our cloud infrastructure in over 90 markets, globally.|
The impact of this is that very soon you are going to be able to run a massive range of cloud services, from infrastructure to full application services, from the same datacentre, and with the benefits of increased speed and the ability to keep all of your data onshore in Australia. This applies even when the data is moving between your use of the different services – eg as you move a file from your OneDrive into your CRM system, or from your SharePoint to your Moodle LMS.
This is good news for our education customers in Australia, as it means that Office 365 Education is available from an Australian datacentre on the same timescales. And I’ve also been asked a number of times by universities and TAFEs for Dynamics CRM Online in our Australian datacentres. So it’s good news all round – and gives you the widest range of widely-used cloud services with the ability to keep your data within an Australian datacentre.