Microsoft just announced in a press release that available for early adaptors is first access to the Microsoft Data Centers that are opening in Toronto and Quebec City. Available in these data centers will be Office 365, Azure and CRM Online. This news removed one of the last remaining barriers for cloud adopters, the one that says companies need to know that their data remains on Canadian soil at all times. Microsoft has heard these requests and is one step closer to opening the barriers for adoption. Keep in mind right now this only affects select customers signed up for the early adopter program, but coming later this year these two data centers will be offering services to all customers.
With the introduction of the Office 365 E5 license that includes cloud PBX and large meeting spaces and Office 365 data centers opening in Canada, the arguments about requiring on-premise Skype for Business for voice and the chance of data leaving Canadian soil are largely being put to rest.
For the full press release please visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/web/datacentre/press-release.aspx?xd=386585&cr_cc=200656734