Kiwis to benefit from Australian data centres

New Zealand businesses will reap the benefits from having access to two new Australia-based data centres for Microsoft Azure and Office 365/CRM.

New Zealand businesses will reap the benefits from having access to two new Australia-based data centres for Microsoft Azure and Office 365/CRM.

On 31st March 2015 Microsoft New Zealand announced that Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online services are now available for hosting through Microsoft’s Australian datacentres, joining Microsoft Azure to create what the company claims as ‘Australasia’s most complete cloud’.

Frazer Scott, Microsoft NZ’s director of marketing and operations, says delivering these services from more locally based datacentres will provide New Zealand businesses with faster performance, offer geo-redundant back-up, and help address data residency considerations.

“As of today, any new Kiwi customers that subscribe to Office 365 or Dynamics CRM Online will have their service run through the Australian datacenters,” Scott says. “This is a significant milestone as we and our partners work to help Kiwi businesses and organisations do more and achieve more, anywhere, anytime, on any device – on a cloud service they can trust.”

The recent announcement and now launch of the Microsoft datacentres in NZ delivering Azure, Office 365 and CRM on line services has been greeted with excitement across Intergen’s clients base.

Many of our clients have been leveraging these services out of the Singapore datacentre which replicates in Hong Kong for at least some services. The Australian launch has a number of welcome implications, importantly to the speed of the services and a significant improvement to the already acceptable latency that these cloud services can have.

Another large implication relates more to comfort and regulatory issues. Given the common laws across Australia and New Zealand, having the datacentres in Australia is seen as a significant difference to both our Government and Commercial clients.

We are already seeing a new willingness to use more of these services. And thanks to the new Australian datacentres we can use these ready-to-go cloud services to drive speed and value to our clients.

John Bessey, Director, Marketing and Client Development commented: “In a project steering committee for a large CRM and SharePoint solution the introduction of the Australian data centres meant the senior executive at one of our clients is now happy to move the whole solution to the cloud. They are also blown away that all of the services they require are now already being hosted in Australia. We are convinced that this presents a great opportunity to get value from our solutions for our clients faster.

Joe Bradley, Head of Cloud Services say Some customers will be more confident choosing Microsoft services based closer to home; performance benefits should accrue in situations where latency has been an issue; enabling hybrid clouds that combine private and local cloud services with Microsoft offerings becoming more attractive geographically.”

Microsoft New Zealand will begin the process of automatically moving existing Office 365 customers in New Zealand to the Australian datacentres by September 2015.

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