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Microsoft Moved Data Fearing Aftershock Damage in Japan

Redmond based software giant Microsoft Corp. undertook a massive data migration project following the devastating earthquake that hit Japan earlier in the year, according to a new revelation.

The Windows maker reportedly took the move fearing that aftershocks could make one of its data centres dysfunctional. The data centre in question was located near about 140 miles south of the earthquake's epicentre said Adrienne Hall - general manager of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing initiative during an event at London yesterday.

According to Hall, though the data centre managed to stay functional even after the devastating quake, which was soon followed by a Tsunami, the company was not sure whether or not it could survive the aftershocks.

"We decided based on the seismic reports that were coming in that suggested there may be follow-on earthquakes that we should proactively move the services out," she said, according to this PC World report.

"This was a big move for us. We had no service disruptions during that period at all. It was a completely seamless move," Hall added.

Not just that, Microsoft also revealed that it had replicated data in the company’s main data centre in the country.