Microsoft's Cloud to Spread Over France

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Next year, Microsoft is planning to open new Azure cloud data centers in France. The announcement was made in Dublin at the Microsoft Experiences event today, the first day of a four-day tour of Europe, in which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith will meet with the region's leaders and businesses. Other stops include Paris, Berlin and London.

Dublin is a highly symbolic site for Microsoft. Not only does the Redmond, Wash., software company operate a cloud data center in the Irish capital, it was an email stored there that sparked a major court case with cloud privacy and data sovereignty implications. The U.S. Department of Justice served Microsoft with a warrant in 2013 for emails stored in the Irish facility...

Arguing that warrants cannot be enforced in other countries under U.S. law and that the act of turning over the emails would trample on Irish and European privacy law, Microsoft went to court to challenge the order. This past summer, Microsoft finally prevailed in the closely watched case (at least among IT types)...

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