Office 365 to be hosted in Australia in early 2015

This morning Microsoft released their plans to make Office 365 and Dynamics CRM available from Australian datacentres. This follows the same pattern as in Japan recently – where an Azure datacentre was lit up and not long afterwards a similar announcement was made.

You can read the press release here:

Having Office 365 hosted locally is an exciting step as there are still many businesses, organisations and government agencies not ready to move to the platform due to data sovereignty or latency reasons. With the news that Office 365 will be hosted onshore by the end of March 2015 the lists of reasons gets even smaller.

Azure to go live in Australia next week

A short post as technically I’m on leave – but exciting news: as reported by Microsoft the two Azure datacentres in Australia will be live next week.

This is something we’ve been waiting to hear about for quite some time. Sources had told me last year that we should have been expecting something before Christmas 2013, then it got moved to between May to November – and here we are just shy of November 2014.

Speculation will now rise about Office 365 being made available in Australia, and while I suspect we may see that at some point – it will only be when Office 365 is truly a service that sits on top of Azure. Currently only the identity management & rights management component of Office 365 reside within Azure so there is *some* of it now residing locally.

Hopefully this launch helps starts to loosen some of the laggards from the data sovereignty/residency or latency anchors they’ve been using to keep themselves from moving to Office 365.