Microsoft National Clouds

In addition to our global network of datacenters, Microsoft cloud services are available in three separate national clouds. These national cloud versions are physical and logical network-isolated instances of Microsoft enterprise cloud services, which are confined within the geographic borders of specific countries and operated by local personnel. Compliance offerings for national clouds may be audited and maintained separately from global public cloud services.

Microsoft makes these services available in the national clouds:

  • Microsoft Azure in-scope services offer hyperscale computing, storage, networking, and identity management. Azure safeguards data in the cloud at the government-required level of security, privacy, control, compliance, and transparency.
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution that equips government employees with data reporting, modeling, and workflows, while offering security features that can limit access to sensitive data.
  • Microsoft Office 365 combines a defense-in-depth approach to security, rich data-protection tools, and an enterprise-grade compliance framework to provide a secure cloud-based productivity experience for government employees.

Current national clouds include:

Microsoft Cloud for US Government

Designed for the US government from the ground up, Microsoft Cloud for Government enables public sector customers in the United States—from large federal agencies to small town governments—to select from a range of cloud computing services. To best address its customers’ specific needs, Microsoft has made significant investment in datacenters and is dedicated to meeting compliance with US federal and state policies, mandates, and requirements.

Microsoft Cloud Germany

Microsoft Cloud Germany is currently offering Azure, and will begin offering Office 365 and Dynamics 365 in the first half of 2017, from German datacenters through a unique model. In this model, access to customer data is controlled by an independent German Data Trustee operating under German law. T-Systems International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom, acts as the independent Data Trustee for Microsoft Cloud Germany.

Azure and Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in China

Microsoft provides cloud services in China through a unique partnership with Shanghai Blue Cloud Technology Co., Ltd. (21Vianet), a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing 21Vianet Broadband Data Center Co., Ltd. 21Vianet is the largest carrier-neutral Internet provider of datacenter, hosting, managed network, and cloud computing infrastructure services in China.

Microsoft is the technology provider, but does not operate the service; 21Vianet independently operates, provides, and manages the delivery of Microsoft cloud services. By licensing Microsoft technologies, 21Vianet can offer Azure and Office 365 services and operate Azure and Office 365 datacenters that keep data within mainland China. 21Vianet also provides subscription and billing services, as well as support.


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