Microsoft will offer Europeans an additional charge storage in German data centers




Microsoft wants in 2016 two new data centers in Germany up. The company is working with Deutsche Telekom, the data centers would possess through a subsidiary. This would be the security of the data, at an additional cost, must be guaranteed.

The data only in data centers to store in Germany and owned by a German company’s German and European legislation applicable to the data. German privacy legislation is among the strictest in Europe, making the stored data should be better protected than in other countries. Microsoft has several data centers in Europe, including in Germany, but because Microsoft and American business falls under the Patriot Act, to give the American investigation and intelligence under conditions of access to data in the computer centers, regardless of location.

Customers have to pay extra to store in Frankfurt am Main and Magdeburg, notice the Financial Times. This is apparent from a document describing that “the additional effort that accompanies this construction allows for a customized price. Microsoft focuses primarily on service providers in the financial, government and healthcare sectors. European customers would have the choice to make use of the German centers. Microsoft also notes that will support the planned data center services like Azure and Office 365.

In fact, the data stored in the data centers owned by the company T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Thus, T-Systems serves as administrator, which would mean that Microsoft does not have to answer to data requests by governments. Microsoft also does not have access to the data. Whether this works in practice will become clear only when these questions will be addressed in a lawsuit.

Microsoft declined earlier to provide e-mails stored in Ireland to the US government. Later joined other tech giants joined Microsoft. There is still no verdict in the case which has been brought about. Microsoft also recently announced that data centers in the UK planned and that the computer center in the Dutch Central Lake is operational. This is clearly a shift towards Europe, led by Microsoft. Other companies have in the meantime also busy putting moves on rope. So wrote PC World last week that Amazon plans to build a third European data center while Oracle emphasizes focus on European data centers.

These developments take place against the background of the deleted Safe Harbour decision. The European Commission recently announced close to a new agreement. It is still unclear what effects this will have on Microsoft’s plans.

Update, 17:50: In the first paragraph clarifies that security important new fact is that data centers are owned by a German company.


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