Microsoft has opened its Geneva and Zurich cloud data centres for business. Coupling geo-redundancy and data residency in Switzerland, the twin sites take data security and control up a notch. Among the first customers are 300 major enterprises like UBS, Swiss Re, Mobiliar, and Skyguide.
The two Microsoft cloud regions, dubbed Switzerland North and Switzerland West, kick off business in Zurich and Geneva with some 30 early-bird customers, who can now leverage Azure services delivered from data centres in Switzerland. Azure and Office 365 will be made available to additional companies in the coming months, with Dynamics 365 and Power Platform expected to follow in 2020.
The new openings address a need to have data reside within national borders, which is extremely important for Swiss companies of all shapes and sizes, says Marianne Janik, CEO Microsoft Switzerland. They also create new opportunities for regulated industries, with an offering that complies with specific industry standards and requirements and ensures undisrupted operation through its geo-redundant setup.
Customers are also assured that Microsoft will not pass customer data on to ad-supporting services, nor evaluate customer data for marketing or advertising purposes.
Marc Holitscher, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Switzerland, says: “The data belongs to our customers and we process it according to our customers’ demand. We also work closely with regulators—in Switzerland and around the world—to address the legal requirements of various industries.”