Microsoft brings Azure to Norway

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Norway is the latest market to gain the availability of new Azure datacenters, allowing businesses and organizations the full advantage of data residency for their home country. The company has been rapidly expanding its Azure datacenter footprint, having recently expanded in Switzerland in August.

Giving customers data residency allows businesses and organizations more control over the security of their information and allows them to take advantage of Microsoft’s services while still maintaining data compliance. The company knows this well, with its president Brad Smith explaining during a trip to Norway:

Our customers have entrusted us to protect, operate, and develop our platform in a way that keeps their data private and secure. This is an immense responsibility that we can’t just claim, but a responsibility that we must earn every single day.

With the launch of the new Norwegian datacenter, multiple organizations have already signed on to power their infrastructure thought Azure. These include DNB Group, Equinor, Lånekassen, and Posten Norge AS.

Microsoft says it will eventually expand its cloud regions in Norway with Office 365 sometime in next year along with Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

Can your organization benefit from data residency? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments area below.