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Microsoft plans to offer cloud services from French data centres next year

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Beginning next year, Microsoft plans to offer its cloud services - which include Azure and Office 365 - from data centres in France.

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella noted that over the course of the last year, the company has greatly increased its cloud capacity in Europe. So far it has spent over $3 billion building the infrastructure needed to provide its customers with reliable cloud services.

Microsoft will continue to strengthen its cloud efforts by offering Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from multiple data centres located in France.

Speaking at an event in Dublin, Nadella highlighted the company's efforts at expanding its cloud services throughout Europe, saying: “We are building out the hyperscale cloud so that it can address the legitimate digital sovereignty needs, and other compliance needs, of European countries it's that real-world understanding of customer needs, and needs of operating in various countries, that has even led us to build out our German cloud with a model where we have a German trustee – in this case Deutsche Telecom – operating that cloud infrastructure.”

European fears regarding US surveillance have forced Microsoft to build the local infrastructure necessary to power its cloud services in the region. The company hopes that this course of action will assuage those concerned that US law enforcement may request access to the data of its customers stored outside of the US.

Microsoft recently opened data centres in the UK and Germany that offer cloud Azure and Office 365 to customers in those countries. The model the company is using in Germany is a bit peculiar because the customer data stored in German data centres is under the control of T-Systems International which serves as a 'data trustee.'

Microsoft also has pre-existing data centre hubs in the Netherlands and Ireland along with additional data centres in Austria and Finland. 

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Anthony Spadafora
After living and working in South Korea for seven years, Anthony now resides in Houston, Texas where he writes about a variety of technology topics for ITProPortal.