Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services

Microsoft building data centres in Canada for better cloud service

On June 2, 2015, Microsoft announced exciting plans to deliver commercial cloud services from new Canadian-based data centres. Office 365 will be delivered from data centres in Toronto and Quebec City beginning in 2016. Canadian customers of all sizes, including Queen's University, are already in the Microsoft Cloud. Local facilities will make it easier to do cloud computing for firms that need information housed within the country or who must adhere to strict data storage compliance codes. Local companies and government agencies can be confident that their data will stay in Canada and under Canadian jurisdiction.

Information Technology Services (ITS) at Queen's started the journey toward cloud computing in 2013 when all undergraduate students were migrated to Microsoft Exchange Online. This move not only had Queen's on the leading edge of technology, it also helped saved money and allowed IT staff to focus on more projects that added value to the academic community. Possible concerns surrounding the move to cloud computing included privacy and confidentiality of information. Bo Wandschneider, CIO and Associate Vice Principal at Queen's was diligent about ensuring that users' information would be securely handled by the Microsoft Quincy data centre in Washington while educating users on the importance of using secure methods of data sharing.

In addition to the Cloud expansion into Canada in 2016, Microsoft has many new exciting features coming. This will strengthen Microsoft's footprint in Canada's competitive cloud landscape. According to Janet Kennedy, President of Microsoft Canada, "Delivering the flexibility of hyper-scale, enterprise grade, locally deployed public cloud services is the ultimate Canadian hat trick."

ITS has already announced great new benefits for staff and students ? Office 365 ProPlus is now free for all students, faculty and staff while Lync has become Skype for Business, offering instant messaging, audio and video calling as well as easy sharing and collaboration for users. 

For more information on Queen's Office 365 service, please visit the ITS Microsoft Office 365 page.

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