Microsoft Canada announced today that the Microsoft Cloud is now officially open to power even more Canadian businesses. With this announcement, Microsoft Azure is generally available from local datacentre regions located in Toronto and Quebec City, and Office 365 is now offering data residency for Canadian business customers. In addition, Dynamics CRM Online is scheduled to go live by September 2016 to bring the most complete cloud, with leadership across IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and hybrid scenarios, to enable people and organizations to achieve more.

This announcement marks a significant expansion of Microsoft’s trusted cloud services into Canada. Azure and Office 365 customers gain the benefits of Microsoft’s trusted cloud services combined with data residency in Canada. This includes data redundancy in multiple locations within Canada for business continuity and the option of a fast and private connection to the cloud with Azure ExpressRoute.

Corporate Renaissance Group​ (CRGroup) is excited with this announcement as it significantly expands the options and offerings available to its network of Canadian customers.  As CRGroup customers look to upgrade hardware or applications, the Microsoft Cloud becomes a major contender due to the myriad of benefits that accompany hosted or cloud-based deployments.  Historically, organizations were either hesitant or unable to consider the cloud option as it would mean their data would be stored outside of Canada.  With Azure, Office 365 and CRM in the near future, CRGroup customers can choose between Cloud, on premise or hybrid deployments to suite their unique technical needs.  Our customers have been waiting for this announcement and we are ready to help them migrate to the cloud.

The cloud offers solutions, cost savings, efficiency, productivity and reliability. It enables organizations – of any size, and in any sector – to collaborate, compete and excel in an increasingly mobile world.

“From today on, our goal is to create Canada’s best and most complete cloud, enabled by world class technology and world class cloud ecosystem,” said Janet Kennedy, president of Microsoft Canada. “We’re privileged to work with our team of Canadian partners who are perfectly positioned to help our Canadian customers innovate, grow and transform their businesses.”

“Moving to the cloud has been at the top of the discussion with so many of our customers, but the location of the datacenters has always been a roadblock.  Today’s announcement removes that roadblock and we anticipate a lot of questions and migrations to begin this summer”, said Dr. Vijay Jog, president of Corporate Renaissance Group.


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