Microsoft has unveiled Cloud for Sovereignty, a new offering designed to help the public sector meet regulators’ increasingly stringent requirements to keep data within a specific geographic area.
The move comes as many of the major cloud hosting providers are rolling out similar services to help businesses support digital sovereignty; Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has addressed some of the same issues with the launch of new sovereign cloud regions for its customers in the EU.
Digital sovereignty refers to the idea that data is subject to the laws and governance of the nation in which it is collected.
What do users get?
Users can run their Azure workloads, as well as other core Micorosft services, such as Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365, in more than 60 data center regions.
Users also gain access to a “Sovereign Landing Zone”, a portal used to manage compliance and make recommendations about necessary changes.
“Customers can specify the country or region for most service deployments with the ability to meet industry, national or global security, privacy and compliance requirements,” Microsoft noted in a blog post (opens in new tab) announce the news.
A general availability date has yet to be announced and the service is set up for private preview in select regions.
There is certainly demand for these sovereignty-focused offerings among users, if you believe research from Capgemini.
It found that more than two-thirds (69%) of companies said potential exposure to extraterritorial laws in a cloud environment could be a potential problem.
Google is also piling up, offering new digital sovereignty features in a new suite of tools for Google Workspace.
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