Last year, Microsoft had announced their plans to deliver Microsoft cloud services including Azure, Offize 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new data center regions located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt in Germany. They began the preview of these data centers in March.
Microsoft has now announced that the data centers are generally available for anyone to use for running applications and storing data through Microsoft Azure. The data centers are scheduled to become available by April 1, 2017 and Dynamics 365 by July 1, 2017. Both those offerings will be available in preview before their general availability dates.
The new cloud regions in Germany are the third and fourth new regions where the company has debuted recently, following two in the UK earlier this year. Both Germany Central in Frankfurt, and Germany Northeast in Magdeburg, offer the full range of Azure services, with Office 365.
To meet Germany’s stringent security laws, Microsoft has announced that the new regions will retain customer data under the control of a trustee i.e. T-Systems International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.