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News : Microsoft to Host Office 365, Dynamics CRM in Australia
Dec 8, 2014 -- Microsoft has announced that it plans to locally host Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from its datacentres by the end of March 2015.
The locally hosted services will be delivered from the company's two recently locally launched datacentres located in Sydney, New South Wales, and Melbourne, Victoria.
New customers with a billing record and address in Australia will be automatically provisioned from the local datacentres. Meanwhile, Microsoft said it will work with existing customers that have a billing address in Australia to find a mutually acceptable time to move them over to the local datacentres. It said that prior to the cloud services going live in March, customers will receive several weeks of warning. For Dynamics CRM Online, customers will need to opt in for the service.
Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow said the thinking behind this move is part of the company's commitment to deliver a "complete cloud" to the Australian market in order to "spur innovation".
"There is a new reality we're operating under, and that reality is we're living in is this cloud-first, mobile-first world," she said.
"We want to help people make the most of every moment wherever they are. To enable those types of mobile-enabled scenarios, it has to be driven by the backbone of the cloud."
Additionally, the company has announced the expansion of its Cloud Solutions Provider program. According to Microsoft corporate vice president John Case, it will enable partners -- whether they're ISVs or system integrators -- to bundle their cloud services with Microsoft's cloud services, so they can "own the bill, own provisioning, and own the customer".
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014