Microsoft allows companies to store Dynamics 365 data in Europe

Since 1 January 2023, Microsoft has given European companies and public authorities the green light to store their data exclusively on servers in Europe. Until recently, this was often the case in other regions such as the United States. In the US, however, there is no general legislation for the protection of personal data. In the European Union, this data is protected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Microsoft adapted its policy because it was often unclear to European companies where their data was stored. It was also often unclear whether this saving was in line with European law. This change affects Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Azure.

In today’s global economy, customers are looking for ways to achieve their goals, protect their data and increase their efficiency. To support these changing needs, Microsoft is committed to providing trusted cloud services designed to harness the full power of the public cloud while respecting European values and sovereignty requirements. From 1 January 2023, Microsoft will begin phasing in its EU Data Boundary solution for its customers in the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Microsoft said it remains committed to supporting Europe’s digital needs. The company offers data residency and proximity in more locations than any other cloud provider. And enables residency options across Microsoft’s cloud suite of online services including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Azure.

Microsoft offers its cloud services to customers in almost every country in the world. To meet the needs of customers across the EU and EFTA, the company has established and is expanding data centres in more than 17 data centre regions in Europe. For 2020, Microsoft has announced the construction of 9 new data centre regions and has made investments of over 12 billion US dollars in the last two years. This makes Microsoft one of the largest sources of investment in Europe’s digital future.

Microsoft now offers its current and future European customers the choice and flexibility they need to use hyperscale products at the forefront of innovation, while meeting their regulatory requirements and industry-specific standards.

This is great news for all current and future users of Dynamics 365!

You can find the original article from Microsoft here.