SHERBROKE, QC, Canada— Microsoft Canada announced today that the Microsoft Cloud is now officially open to power even more Canadian businesses. With this announcement, Microsoft Azure is generally available from local datacenter regions located in Toronto and Quebec City and Office 365 is now offering data residency for Canadian business customers. In addition, Dynamics CRM Online is scheduled to go live by September 2016 to bring the most complete cloud, with leadership across IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and hybrid scenarios, to enable people and organizations to achieve more.
This announcement marks a significant expansion of Microsoft’s trusted cloud services into Canada. Azure and Office 365 customers gain the benefits of Microsoft’s trusted cloud services combined with data residency in Canada. This includes data redundancy in multiple locations within Canada for business continuity and the option of a fast and private connection to the cloud with Azure ExpressRoute.
Jason Brown, Director of Product Management for SherWeb, said hosting data in Canada will also give its 5,000 resellers the ammunition they need to push more sales of Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online.
“Our partners have had to deal with a lot of reticence from clients who’ve been leery about storing their data outside the country,” said Brown. “Now that we have datacenters in Canada, this will open up a whole new range of opportunities for resellers. Combine this with our free migration and premium bilingual technical support and you’ve got a winning recipe for success.”
SherWeb’s partner program, Partners First, enables partners to package their own services with Microsoft’s cloud solutions to go to market faster and ultimately grow their business.
The cloud offers solutions, cost savings, efficiency, productivity and reliability. It enables organizations – of any size, and in any sector – to collaborate, compete and excel in an increasingly mobile world.
“The opening of Microsoft’s Canadian datacenters provides a unique opportunity for our technology partners to innovate and differentiate their solutions, powered by Microsoft Cloud services,” said Jason Brommet, Director of Partner Strategy, Microsoft Canada. “The opportunity this creates for them, and for their customers, regardless of size or industry, is unmatched – we’re thrilled Microsoft continues to offer a platform for growth and profitability.”
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