SWITZERLAND > USA based Microsoft expands into Switzerland with new data centers

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Rapidly expanding its cloud infrastructure in Europe to meet increasing customer demands, Microsoft has expanded the cloud services by adding new datacenters in Germany and Switzerland. Microsoft has also announced the availability of new cloud services in France.

Microsoft aims to support companies by offering enterprise cloud services for businesses, government, and NGOs from datacenter locations in the cantons of Geneva and Zurich including the financial industry of Switzerland. The Cloud comprises of Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 and the Swiss datacenters are expected to be initially available in 2019.

According to Marianne Janik, CEO of Microsoft Switzerland:

“As a company, we’re focused on empowering every organization and person on the planet to achieve more. We intend to be the first global provider to deliver enterprise cloud services from Swiss datacenters which will empower companies and institutions of all sizes and across industries to accelerate their innovation and increase their productivity. Through that we contribute to the digital transformation as laid out in our commitment to Switzerland.”

Based on the principles of security, compliance, protection of privacy and transparency, Microsoft’s global cloud services addition of data centers in Geneva and Zurich adds a new layer of control and will also additionally benefit the clients to comply with regulatory requirements.

Microsoft has engaged deeply with financial institutions and regulators in Switzerland over the number of years and by providing them with a trusted cloud platform within Switzerland, Microsoft aims to provide the institutions and regulators to focus on their core competencies. Microsoft plans to work with financial industry companies by bringing unique tailored services including blockchain, Azure’s PCI Blueprint, and our Financial Services Compliance Program

René Turra, Head Property & Casualty IT at Swiss Re, the company that has been a longtime and strategic partner for Microsoft said:

“As one of the world’s leading providers of insurance-based risk transfer, the Swiss Re Group strives to apply future-oriented technologies to drive digitalization of the insurance industry. Microsoft’s decision to now offer cloud services from datacenters in Switzerland means we can better provide innovative solutions to our clients.”

According to Swisscom, Microsoft’s client and Switzerland’s leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, is collaborating closely with Microsoft as a cloud solutions provider and one of the most trusted brands for Swiss companies and consumers, said the following
“In the summer of 2017, we decided to systematically expand our range of services with Microsoft Azure. As a trusted Swiss Cloud Solution Provider, we are helping our customers to benefit from the cloud. With the announcement of Microsoft Cloud from new datacenters in Switzerland, we can integrate and manage our comprehensive range of services even more directly on the Microsoft platform for our customers.”

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company with the mission to empower every person and organization on the planet. Headquartered in the USA, Microsoft develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation employs around 124000 employees worldwide.

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