Microsoft Data Center’s now up and running in Canada.

May 10th 2016. Microsoft Canada today announced that its Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform is now available in data centre regions located in Toronto and Quebec City. Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy: Canadian Cloud officially open for business.

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In addition, the company’s Office 365 platform is offering data residency for Canadian business customers. Microsoft also revealed that the Dynamics CRM Online platform for Canada is scheduled to go live by September of this year.

Today’s news marks a “historic day” for Microsoft’s cloud computing initiatives in Canada, Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy told ITWorldCanada.com. It’s been a seven year journey in terms of making an initial commitment to now having multiple data centres in the country.

When it comes to the “Canadian Cloud for Business” platform, the Toronto and Quebec locations were chosen as ideal regional options in terms of network availability and capability and are in full compliance with federal and provincial government regulations, according to Kennedy.  The “Made in Canada” cloud offering ensures local data residency, compliance and redundancy for business continuity, and the option of a fast and private connection to the cloud with Azure ExpressRoute.

The ExpressRoute offerings in Canada offer the ability to establish private connections to the Microsoft cloud with reduced data latency compared to standard internet connections.

“We had such demand when we opened in Preview with more than 300 customers signing up. Since we went live, we’ve already doubled (that),” said Kennedy.

Microsoft’s enterprise grade, hyper-scale cloud strategy has been about working towards offering local data centres in each global region it serves, said Redmond, Wash.-based Ron Markezich, corporate vice president, Office, at Microsoft. Microsoft has made a US$15 billion investment in global data centre infrastructure; today’s Canadian announcement brings the total number of generally available Azure regions to 24 worldwide.