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 confined within the geographic borders of specific countries, and operated by local personnel. Compliance certifications and attestations 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 with the security, privacy, control, compliance, and transparency governments require.
    • Microsoft Dynamics 365 brings together a unique set of capabilities for government organizations and their partners, unifying customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) to help enable a digital transformation of government.
    • 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:


    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. Microsoft’s significant investment in datacenters, and dedication to compliance with US federal and state policies, mandates, and requirements help address each customer’s specific needs.

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    Microsoft Cloud Germany will offer Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 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, will act as the independent Data Trustee for Microsoft Cloud Germany. Microsoft Cloud Germany will be available to European customers during the second half of 2016.

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    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 services in China with hosting, managed network, and cloud computing infrastructure services.

    Microsoft, as the technology provider, does not operate the service; rather, 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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