Today Microsoft announced that it would be housing Canadian cloud data in Canada. Let that sink in for a moment.
What does this mean?
It means that, in 2016, any private data that your company stores in the Microsoft cloud will stay on this side of the border. You will no longer have to choose between the uncertainty of using a small local cloud provider and the legal ramifications of storing data in another country.
It means that Microsoft recognizes that Canadian businesses have uniquely Canadian problems, and that they are willing to help us overcome those problems in ways that benefit Canadians. It means that you will be able to make use of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), AND Platform as a Service (PaaS), AND Software as a Service (SaaS), all while still storing your data in Canada. It means that we finally have one of the largest cloud service providers giving us what we all really want, data sovereignty.
That’s what this announcement means. It means that we can use Microsoft infrastructure, and Microsoft platform, and Microsoft software, and it means that we can use them to conduct Canadian business in a Canadian market, without our data flying to the US first.