Following up from our announcements of new datacenter regions in Japan, Australia and India over the last 18 months, today we are announcing the general availability of a new Office 365 datacenter region in Canada. The new datacenter region adds in-country data residency, failover and disaster recovery for core customer data at rest to customers in Canada. Canadian customers continue to have access to the full breadth of productivity and collaboration services available in Office 365 today.
This announcement strengthens our commitment to making Office 365 the most trusted cloud service for productivity by delivering security, compliance and control to Office 365 customers around the globe. Our new datacenter region is comprised of two geographically distributed datacenters located in Toronto and Quebec City. Providing data residency for customers in Canada will accelerate the growth and potential of Canadian industries and public sector organizations by providing more opportunities to innovate, collaborate and flourish in our increasingly mobile world by using the power of the Microsoft cloud. Both Office 365 and Microsoft Azure customers in Canada can now benefit from enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with in-country data residency, including data replication within Canada. For details, read “Accelerating the Canadian Cloud.”
Office 365 continues to take a comprehensive approach to compliance, achieving industry standards such as ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports, which provide the gold standard in security to government agencies, education and other commercial enterprises. To learn more about security and compliance in Office 365, please visit the Office 365 Trust Center.
All involved in Office 365 and Microsoft Azure are elated to provide these technologies locally to continue to help Canadian businesses and administrations be globally competitive.
—Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president for the Office 365 team