We are today announcing the opening of a multi-tenanted Microsoft Azure Stack in Toronto, Canada.
This is our fifth Azure Stack deployment, creating one of the world’s largest networks of fully-owned, multi-tenanted Azure Stacks. The new deployment will provide data residency assurances to Canadian and US businesses concerned about GDPR, the new CLOUD Act and their regulators’ approval.
Our Azure Stack network includes the only Azure Stack deployments in Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, two in Luxembourg (making Calligo the largest provider in the country), and now Toronto. Further deployments in Vancouver and London will follow during the remainder of 2018.
Azure Stack is an extension of public Azure, allowing businesses to deploy Azure services and capabilities in local, jurisdiction-specific resources, typically in order to meet regulatory or policy-driven requirements. You can find out more about Azure Stack and our services here.
Our Toronto Azure Stack, which was opened ahead of schedule and already has clients on board, allows us a new way to provide absolute guarantees that clients’ data will stay within Canada’s geographic and legal borders.
Canadian businesses that will have particular interest in this data privacy capability include:
- Those who need assurances that their data will stay solely within Canada, and not be duplicated or hosted elsewhere abroad. For example, those that come under the remit of GDPR through their processing of the personal information of EU citizens.
- Businesses who would prefer not to store their sensitive data within US-headquartered public cloud platforms due to the US government’s capabilities under the CLOUD Act and other mechanisms to access any data these cloud providers manage, even when the data is hosted in Canada or elsewhere outside the US.
- Canada’s accountancy, legal, investment and healthcare industries, amongst others, whose respective regulators place great importance in the safeguarding and control of client data. The data isolation, localisation and security capabilities of Azure Stack, and the transparency of the exact environment the data is held in, make it far easier to satisfy the regulators’ expectations and provide internal reassurance.
Our Toronto Azure Stack is also an ideal option for US businesses who do not wish to store their sensitive data in US cloud locations, but equally do not want to compromise on performance by storing their data too far away.
Most of our Azure Stack clients choose the platform alongside public Azure to create a thoroughly consistent hybrid cloud environment. This guarantees the location of sensitive data – including personal information, intellectual property or R&D details – solely within a specific territory, while also giving the business access to the advanced tools, compute resources and storage capacity of public Azure. Meanwhile, because of the inherent uniformity between Azure and Azure Stack, apps and services can be built and deployed identically in either environment.
Our longstanding specialism in data privacy services, combined with our heritage in delivering public and hybrid Azure services, makes us an ideal partner for Canadian businesses who wish to take full advantage of Azure’s market-leading tools, capabilities and scale, but have to date not been able to due to concerns over data residency.
We also have a downloadable guide to Azure Stack available here.