Microsoft has opened two cloud regions in Switzerland. Azure is now available from new cloud datacenter regions located near Zurich and Geneva. The tech giant first announced its plans for two Swiss regions called Switzerland North and West, in 2018.
"These new regions and our ongoing global expansion are in response to customer demand as more industry leaders choose Microsoft’s cloud services to further their digital transformations," wrote Tom Keane Corporate Vice President, Azure Global, Microsoft Azure on the company blog announcing the availability of Azure.
"As we enter new markets, we work to address scenarios where data residency is of critical importance, especially for highly regulated industries seeking the compliance standards and extensive security offered by Azure," added Tom Keane.
Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform will also be offered from these new cloud regions. Microsoft guarantees that services from a given geography, such as new regions in Switzerland, offer scalable, highly available, and resilient cloud services. They help enterprises and organizations meet their data residency, security, and compliance needs.
"We have deep expertise protecting data and empowering customers around the globe to meet extensive security and privacy requirements by offering the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry," wrote Tom Keane.
More than 30 customer and partner organizations are already using Azure services in Switzerland. Swisscom, the national telecommunications provider, UBS Group, the world’s largest wealth manager, and Swiss Re Group, one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance, and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer are some of the companies that rely on Microsoft for their digital transformations. BKW, City of Zug, die Mobiliar, Exploris Health, and Skyguide are a few other current customers.
Amazon does not have a physical footprint in Switzerland. AWS does not operate a region in the country now. Google Cloud has a presence in Switzerland, running a region near Zurich.